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distant spring up spontaneous in her refused to stay in London a day after heart. Bat when the following spring her ladyship. Let him please himarrived, and Mary still refused to self,' said she : 'if he is fond of stu. visit Creliton, pleading an engage. pefying himself in a tavern, and sote ment with sir. Thomas and lady iing his bours away, I am not. I Ficwett to go to Brightori, he no wish to give and receive pleasure, longer had hopes of conifort from to see and be seen.' her society, and began to look abroad Lady Facwett made no reply; but for that pl-asure his own solitary from that dayshe thought but slightly fire de failed to afford. He still of Mary's conjugal affection, and lover his Mary with too much ten- would gladly have given up her derness to think of supplying her journey to Brighton, to watch the place with a mercenary; but his declining health of her brother, to heart was a social one, and he was promote his comfort, to supply to under the necessity of attaching him- him the loss of his wife's society. self to some person, to some society and to become wholly his nurse, his where its joys and sorrows would be companion, and adviser; but sir attended to, and where a congru- Thomas was a gay man, was fond ence of sentiment would cement a of company, and would by no means reciprocal friendship. Unhappily, hear of her kind proposal. Gordon he fell in with a set of young men was therefore left to hiinself in Lon. of splendid talents, of shining abili don; while Mary, at Brighton, added ties, of sparkling wit, of worthy fa- one more to the thoughtless train, milies, but of profligate manners: and in every gay circle was the gayfascinated by their conversation, he est of the gay. spent whole nights in their company Far different passed the months at a tavern, where they met regu- at the white cottage. The anxious larly to spend their evenings. Their moiher, the sorrowing sister, had wit, their mirth, their songs, their been surprised at Mary's absence the unceasing good-humour, acted with first spring, which she had so faithtalismanic influence on the heart of fully promised to spend with them; Gordon, nor was it till his health but when the second elapsed and still was materially affected that he dise she came not, they were truly covered their frequent libations to miserable. It had been seldom, the jolly god would ruin his consti- very seldom, Mary favoured them tution if persisted in ; still he wanted with a letter; hut for some months resolution to give up their society: they had ceased to receive any. The he had not the eye of an affectionate newspapers were the only vehicle of wife to observe the change in his intelligence of what the great world countenance, which nevertheless was were doing, and newspapers were too obvious. Mary, wholly engaged in a luxury Mrs. Gayton's small inher preparation for Brighton, heed. come would not afford, especially ed not the alieration. He no longer as, since the death of the worthy objected to her departure ; and she Westwood, she had been obliged to cared little what were his amuse- give up her drawing and embroidery, ments, or what effect they had on as the expence of the carriage to and his health, Lady Facwett was alarm- from London so much lessened her ed when she found he proposed protits, that it was no longer worth staying in London, and hinted to her care. A constant nervous fever, Mary her wishes that she would not occasioned by anxiety, had greatly leave him. But Mary peremptorily weakened her health and spirits; and
leisure adding to her melancholy, deavour to bear with resignation and she was as miserable as a virtuous patience a life which has long been beart can be in this world. Poor a burthen to me, and of little use to Diartha. from age and infirmity, was society.' become helpless; and Sabina was the Preparations were accordingly whole support and comfort of her made for the journey. Sabina ac. singularly diserted mother and their companied her mother; and poor old faithful domestic.
Martha remained at home, to keep
house in their absence, which was CHAP. XV.
not to exceed six weeks or two Ship-wreck'd upon a kingdom, where no
Mrs. Gayton quitted her beloved No friends, no hope! no kindred weep for cottage with regret, and often turned Almost no grave allow'd me! Like the lily,
a tearful eye towards its humble little That once was mistress of the field and gate, and repeated her adieu to the flourish'd,
faithful Martha, who leaned on it JU hag my head and perish.'
for support as she supplicated Hea
ven to return her dear mistress well In the summer of the second year and happy at the promised time. of Mary's marriage, Mrs. Gayton Mrs. Gayton found the expencer became so alarmingly ill that a phy. of Bath exceed her expectation, but, sician's advice was necessary.
The as she received benefit from the doctor frankly acknowledged that waters, she determined to stay the medicine in her case would be un- six weeks, if possible, and took : availing, but observed that the Bath smaller lodging in the suburbs. But waters, and composure of mind, hers was a flattering disorder : scarce. would tend materially to the re-esta- ly had she taken possession of her new blishment of her health. She thanked apartment ere the most alarming symphim for his generous and friendly toms returned with fresh violence. advice; but declined the Bath journey, One morning, the lassitude of her as too expensive for finances so low body and the depression of her spirits as hers. He shook his head. It is were so exceedingly severe, that, not in the phy-ician's power,' said he, fearing to alarm Sabina, she sent her • to administer to a mind diseased ; out for a walk. During her absence, but change of scene is so very essential the landlady brought her up a newsin your case, that I will not be an, paper to amuse her. Rebecca cast swerable for your life if it is not her eye over the contents, and read. adopted.
the following distracting intelligence! • The sands of life are ever run- - The fascinating Mrs. G, SR ning, and no person can add one grain well known as the Brighton belle, to the amount; but it is every per- has at last opened the eyes of her son's duty to endeavour to preserve husband and his family to the their course undisiurbed, and not by glaring impropriety of her conduct impatience or obstinacy hasten the with captain B-; but what could hour which Heaven has appointed be expected better of a girl educated
against the belle of Brighton, who, tain and miss Bently are persons of with uncoinmon spirit, slapped the specious manners, but depraved prinporter's face, threw his wig into the ciples. To miss Bently your sister square, kicked the house-dog, play, became attached. I frequently warned a sonorous peal on the knocker, and ed the volatile Mary of this syren, then triumphantly stept into her car- but without effect : she was never riage to the captain, who was het es- happy but in her company. The cort in this bold adventure. It has captain (an artful coxcomb) introbeen since whispered in the fashionable duced a set of wretches to his sister's circles, that the brave captain and honse, in whose society Mrs. Gorthe spirited Mary are off together.' don lost sums of money which I
The paper dropped from the hand knew my brother's fortune was unof poor Rebecca, and she feli back able to pay without hurting his in the chair in a strong fit, from child. I therefore informed Mary which she was not recovered when that she must give up miss Bentlý, Sabina returned. By her frantic or me. The next morning she called cries, the terrified girl brought up as usual, but as I had the mortificathe landlady and her daughter ; but it tion to observe from my window the was long ere their united endeavours captain was in her carriage. I gave Testored animation to the care-worn orders to be denied. I am sorry I form of her broken-hearted mother. did, for Mary's conduct was so very When she did open her eyes, she ridiculous on the occasion, that the pointed to the newspaper which lay affair became quite public; and at her feet. Sabina instantly disco- hence arose the foolish paragraph vered the cause of her mother's illo which so affected Mrs. Gayton. I ness, and, putting the fatal paper in wrote to my brother an account of her pocket, assisted her agitated pa- the business. He came to Brighton, rent to bed, from which she rose no and insisted Mary should accompany more for seven weeks. During this him to a little estate of sir Thomas's, time, Sabina was her nurse, her in the north of England, where they friend, her comforter.
will remain till their affairs can be Sabina wrote twice to her sister, adjusted, which at present are very but receiving no answer, unknown deranged, and I hope, by their to her mother, she addressed a few economy, will retrieve the large lines to lady Facwett, conjuring her, sums which have been so thoughts for the love of Heaven, to honour her lessly lavished in scenes of dissipawith one line informing her of her tion and folly. With a thousand sister's fate. In a few days the fol- good wishes to yourself and mother, lowing answer arrived :
I am your affectionate friend and
servant, • AMIABLE SABINA,
A. FACWETT." * Though personally unknown to you and your excellent mother, my Sabina was sitting with her mom brother has taught me to love you ther when this letter was delivered, both with much affection. I there and as she thought that a knowledge Mary is not so guilty as we feared.' ed, and was carried to bed insenMrs. Gayton read the letter, ob- sible. serving, that she was sure Sabina Sabina had often heard her mother had done it for the best; but added, speak in terms of high commendation the blow was already given, and all of the skill of sir W. H. and without she wished for now was to return to considering the distance, or expence her own little cottage, and die at of his attendance (happening to rehome.
collect his address), she wrote, inSabina in vain wished her mo- treating his immediate presence. On ther to stay another month at Bath; the third day sir
Warrived in Mrs. Gayton had that morning paid a post-chaise and four. When he her last guinea for lodging, and she approached the bed, Rebecca was determined to return to Crediton insensible. His countenance changed while she was able. She sent for a as he looked on the beautiful ruin. jeweller, and sold the jewels which I can be of no service,' said he. had ornamented the portraitof colonel • Death has already marked her for Bomfield for one hundred pounds; his own, I do not even think her and this small sum was her all, as senses will return: if they should, it wanted more than five months of keep her perfectly quiet; that is all her annuity becoming due.
that can be done. I will write a prePoor Sabina commenced this jours scription which shall be merely a Rey with far differeni sensations from cordial, and may be given, if she is those she experienced when she set able to take it, at any time. But I out for Bath. Then hope smiled, rather think she will go off as she is.' and promised wonders from the so He then retired to his inn, and the much extolled waters. These waters next morning sent in his bill of exhad been tried in vain; the poor in- pences on the road, which amounted valid was returning worse than she to twenty-five pounds; though he came, and the demon of despair oc- bad humanely declined a fee, as his cupied the place hope had bitherto skill was useless. Sabina opened her keld in her sanguine imagination. mother's pocket-book, and taking a
They travelled by easy stages, yet, fitty pound note sent it to sir Won the third day, Mrs. Gayton be- who again looked in before he comcame so much exhausted by tarigue menced his journey, and fuding Reas to be unable to proceed. Sabina becca in the same state he had left observed her countenance chauge, her the preceding evening, was conand stopped the chaise. The post-boyfirmed in his opivion that her senses informed her, that a little from the would not return, and departed for high road he had an aunt, who was London. a very motherly, good sort of woman, Thus poor Sabina lessened her and he was sure would do any thing small store, and had the mortificain her power for the sick lady, and tion to find she bad lessened it for perhaps it might be better to take nothing but the satisfaction of linow
said she, and stretching out her much cheerfulness, said to Mrs, hands to embrace her, convinced the Smith - I shall be at rest to-night. joyful girl that her senses were re- Call my Sabina.' When Sabina enstored – Are we at home, my deartered, she said, O my dear child, child, in our little cottage?"
I shall be at peace from all my sorAh! no, my dear mother ; you rows to-night. You, my good, my was taken ill on the road : . but we worthy child! have been the only tie are in the house of a very worthy which has long bound me to earth. woman, who has watched over you Now that tie is broken, You are with as much attention as your own surrounded by difficulties, environed Sabina, Mrs. Smith, my dear mo- by poverty; yet I can leave you ther is sensible of your kindness. with confidence in the hand of Him Soe will recover, and thank you for who has promised to be a father to ali your goodness.'
the fatherless. I know not what Mrs. Smith approached the bed, money is in my purse ; but I charge and saw that, though the senses of you, Sabina, not to lessen it by carRebecca were returned, the hand of rying my body to Crediton. My death was on her. She therefore immortal part will be happy in a drew Sabina away, observing that the noble house not made with hands, doctor had ordered quietness, and ad- and it signifies little where the body vising her to send the prescription to moulders. Bury me, therefore, in the be made up. This was done; and it nearest church-yard to this place. appeared io comfort the sinking Take this ring, my inestimable girl! spirits of the invalid. She frequently taking her wedding ring from her enquired for Mary, and desired Sa finger) : keep it in remembrance of bina to write to her, and desire her both your parents; and sometimes, 10 come and receive a mother's bless when you look at it, think of your ing, whose days she had helped to mother. Every thing at the white shorten. Sabina knew not where to cottage I leave to you. Your sister direct to her : lady Facwett had not has need of nothing I can give but mentioned the name of the place she my good wishes and my blessing. was at, only said it was in the north These she has. May she live to beof England. She had intended to come a credit to her husband; and Have again written to her ladyship; may her future conduct efface, if but sir W-had informed her possible, the present ill opinion the that sir Thomas had been appointed world entertains of her! – My good governor of Bengal, to which coun- Mrs. Smith, you have been a true try he and his family were gone,
friend to the widow and the misera. But as Sabina did not think proper ble. God will bless you for it. On to inform her mother of sir W-'s your death-bed, may you be as happy visit, on account of the expence at- in a friend-may you be as calm in tendant on it, she could not mention yourself as I am! When I am no those particulars; and Rebecca was more, have pity on my child: sooth kept expecting to see her beloved her sorrows, direct ber inexperi