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more composed, he threw himself Nevertheless, the slumber of the upon his bed, and tried, but in vain, invalid was long and tranquil. The to sleep. After some time he rose, physician arrived : he pronounced and dressing himself, proceeded to that the crisis of the disorder was the apartment of his nephew. He approaching, and from the tranquil found the old nurse in tears. “ All appearance of the patient, he 'auis lover," said she to him softly.-- gured a favourable one. He was “ O heaven! is he then dead?” right: Frederic slept for more than “No, he still lives; but "-"But twelve hours; he awoke free from what?"*" His last moments are fever; and the physician, who, at the drawing on." The baron fell on his baron's desire, had not quitted his knees by the side of the bed; he bed-side, declared, that with proper scarcely dared to look upon his care his recovery was almost cernéphew: what then was his asto || tain. The nurse, however, 'shook nishment and joy to find him in a her head in dissent; and the baron, soft and tranquil sleep? “ Wretch," who hardly dared as yet to give himsaid he to the nurse, “why would self up to hope, could not help reyou 'crush the little hope that still peating to himself, for at least the remains to me?"-"Hope! there is fiftieth time, " Was it a ghost?" ; none."-"And why?"-"He has re- And as our readers may probably ceived his last warning; and, poor say so too, it is time to let them into soul, he knows it too, for I distinctly the secret. The next-door neighheard him say, “I come !'” bour of Madame de Chauvelin was
At this moment Mad. de Chauve a widow with a charming daughter. lin entered the room, and her interro- The families were not acquainted; gatories drew from the old woman but as the gardens joined, our young an account of her having seen a fe German was not long in introducing male figure, robed in white, bending himself to the young lady, whom he over the invalid. Whether the spec- saw almost every day in the garden.' tre had spoken the nurse could not Her mother was then from home," say, but she distinctly heard Fre- and she was left under the care of deric exclaim, “ I come !" What fol- an old aunt, who rarely stirred from lowed she knew not; for, with a the house, and as the habits of Ma-" sudden impulse of terror, she threw | dame de Chauvelin were also very " herself by the side of the bed and sedentary, the young people had hid her face in it, and when she ven- consequently many opportunities of tured to look up the figure had dis meeting unobserved. They talked appeared.
not of love, however, though they''! Madame de Chauvelin treated this both felt it, till one morning that story as the mere effect of a disor- Frederic surprised his mistress in dered imagination. The baron would tears, and learned that they were have gladly thought the same, but caused by the expected arrival of a he could not forget the figure that suitor whom Adelaide had never he had himself seen; and though not seen, but for whom, nevertheless, her much tinctured with superstition, he mother informed her that her hand found that the last moments of his was destined. We may believe that nephew were indeed drawing nigh. this intelligence unsealed the lips of
ermined to forget me, anacted Fre- cealing severe baron's room opened
Frederic; but he pleaded in vain. || Some time before her mother had Adelaide did not attempt to deny | occupied the house in which Mathat she loved him, but she regarded dame de Chauvelin then lived, and her passion as a crime against the || Adelaide had accidently discovered Huty which she owed to her mother, a secret duor which opened from the and she avowed her determination to || baron's chamber into that in which conquer it.
she herself slept. At the end of the “You avow then, that you are de- baron's apartment a recess had been termined to forget me, and to marry formed in the wall, capable of conanother!" cried the distracted Fre-cealing several persons; a sliding deric. Adelaide's tears flowed fast, || pannel in the baron's room opened but she only replied, in a voice suf- | into this recess, and another from focated by sobs, “I must do my the recess gave admission to the duty." Frederic quitted her, as he chamber of Frederic. Before the believed, in anger. The following baron caine, his chamber had been morning she was not in the garden; untenanted, and Adelaide conceived day after day passed, she did not that she would have nothing to dread appear.' He found means to get a in passing through it to the recess letter conveyed to her; it was return-which opened into Frederic's aparted unopened. The mother and the ment. She had already entered the lover arrived; and Frederic, believing baron's chamber before she was his fate to be sealed, gave himself up || aware of her mistake, but his stillto a despair which soon threatened ness made her conclude that he was the most fatal consequences. asleep; and while he hesitated about
Meanwhile, the tender and du- following her, she bad gained the teous Adelaide suffered no less than recess unobstructed. There she conher lover; it was in vain she strovecealed herself till she found that all to reconcile herself to the choice of was quiet, when she ventured into her mother. The form of Frederic the chamber of her lover, whose bed was for ever before her eyes; but happened to be close to the door her sense of duty was too strong to which gave her admission. Oh! how permit her to relax in her rigour, secret and unexpected a sight for till she found that the effects of itpoor Frederic! no wonder that he were such as to endanger her lover's could not believe his senses; po life. Then, indeed, she bitterly re- | wonder that in his first emotions gretted her severity, and internally he conceived it to be the disembovowed to live and die for him alone. died spirit of his beautiful mistress, But how was she to convey to him and that he exclaimed, as the nurse this resolution? She dared not ap- || had truly reported, " I come!"; But prise her mother of her sentiments; | a few words froin his Adelaide conshe had no confidant, no friend uponvinced him that she came not to whom she could rely to reveal them summon him to another world, but to her lover, and to procure access to bid him live for her; and lest the to him herself was impossible. In scene should appear to him in after this dilemma a plan occurred to her, hours to have sprung only from a which nothing but the force of love disordered brain, or an exalted imacould have enabled her to execute, ll gination, she left with him a memo
rial of its reality, which he could not || easily be pardoned for thinking that doubt--a ring which he well remein- her charms had subdued the sturdy bered to have seen her wear. The veteran; but too politic to betray sight of this upon his finger, when he what she thought, she asked, in a awoke after his long and tranquil reserved tone, what M. de Walden9 mont sleep, assured him that his bliss was heim meant. “Madame, you bave 0 ,9 real, and in the first moments of his a beautiful daughter, so at least I recovery he was sensible only to the am told, and I can well believe it, delightful thought, that Adelaide bad || now that I have seen you. I have a vowed to live for him and him alone. nephew, young, handsome, in short,
But doubts and anxieties soon be- || a fit match for her." -“Sir, my gan to mingle with the delicious daughter is engaged.” — " Pardon
hopes to which this assurance had me, madame, she is not." — How, soi 7
given rise. One day as the baron sir, do you dispute my word?", sat by his bed-side, he took notice“ Not at all; but I beg leave to conthat his countenance changed seve-vince you that you are mistaken." ral times. "Frederic," said he, "you" Mistaken!"-"Yes, for the inare in pain.”—“Alas! yes.”_"Where, || tended marriage is not practicable." my child ?"_" O my dear uncle, if |—“And why?"-" Because my neI dared to tell you!"_“ Dared to phew adores your daughter, she tell me! What, you whom I love as loves him: he has a tolerable fortune my own soul, you to have a secret of his own, I have one still better to from me, and this secret perhaps the give him; and, as I am determined caụse of your illness?"_" My dear that this match shall take place, I uncle, you shall know all. I love a tell you frankly, that you will risk charming girl.”—“ Very well, there three lives if you strive to prevent it; is no harm in that."-"She loves me for your intended son-in-law must ålso." __ ' So much the better, you measure swords with me, as well as shall be married directly."_" But with my nephew, before he robs my her mother means to give her to boy of the chosen of his heart." another, who is richer than I am, Madame de Sancerre was a huand I fear---"-"Fear nothing; mane woman, she hated bloodshed, Tonly tell me her name." — " Ma and had besides no aversion to mo dame de Sancerre, our next-door | ney: the words "he has a tolerable neighbour.” The baron staid to fortune of his own, and I have one hear no more: in ten minutes he was still better to give him," had their in the saloon of Madame de San- | weight. A little conversation with M. cerre, whom he found in no very de Waldenheim convinced her, that placid humour, for she had just been he was ready to make any pecuniary urging her daughter in vain to fix a sacrifice for his nephew's happiness; day for her marriage.
and she took care to propose very of "Madame," said Waldenheim, ap-hard conditions, to which he acceded proaching her, “ I am come to ask with a readiness that settled the matmy life at your hands." Madame de ter at once. The lovers were soon Sancerre, mistaking the nature of united, and they made it a principal * this address, blushed and drew up. Il part of their happiness to form that
She was still a fine woman, and might of the generous benefactor who had 01900! E
is no her so much directly.
procured it for them. Frederic was || cloud their happiness by introducing even more submissive and attentive superstitious fears into their minds! to his wishes than he had been be- || The thing is therefore to this hour fore his marriage; and from Ade- || unaccounted for; it still forms the laide he experienced the duty and occasional subject of the baron's ruaffection of a daughter, though she | minations, and sometimes, when he could never prevail upon herself to finds himself unable to sleep, he reveal the secret of her appearance looks round his chamber (where he in his chamber; and he, on his part, has ever since, contrary to his usual as carefully kept the knowledge of custom, burned a light,) with a sort the supposed apparition from his of anxious curiosity, saying to himnephew and niece, lest he should || self, “ After all, was it a ghost?"luo
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THE PIRATE. A Young gentleman of Ireland He passed three months attending having squandered a good estate, the field Negroes, without any alleescaped from his creditors on board viation of his despondency, exceptof a vessel bound for the West In ing a ray of self-complacency afforddies. Unacquainted with any condi-ed by an exercise of humanity to tion except the gay and the dissipat- the beings so entirely at his mercy; ed, he entertained sanguine hopes that and even this was mixed with inquiea relation in Jamaica would soon puttude, as the overseer, à turbulent him in the way of retrieving his for- despotic clown, blamed his lenity tune; but he was too late convinced for every error committed by the of his own incapacity to earn what slaves. He was unhappy; his selfhe deemed a tolerable livelihood. respect and all finer feelings were He could not undertake the profession impaired: yet his soul would have either of a lawyer, physician, or sur revolted at the turpitude to which, geon; and though his friend might within the space of twelve months, háve procured for him a clerical liv- || he became familiarized. .!ai ing, he had no education suitable . A few steps in folly may lead for a divine, and he reflected in bit. to crimes. Such were the conseterness upon his negligence at school quences to Mr. Rodnam; and, on and at college. He could not even the other hand, one great effort in write a legible hand; his knowledge returning to the path of honour exof arithmetic was superficial, and of tricated him from profound degrabook-keeping he was quite ignorant. dation. Sunday was the only time Of what use to him were now his ele- he could obtain any relaxation from gant dancing; his fine performance his field duties, including the charge on the violin, flute, and clarionet; his of giving out provisions for the slaves, graceful manners and high fashion?which he was likewise obliged to These accomplishments served but to attend to at certain daily periods. unfit him for the drudgery of a book- | Sunday he would gladly have given keeper; yet to that toil and humilia- to convivial pleasures, if the want of tion he must submit, or sink into gentlemanly habits in his only asso utter destitution.
"ciates had not filled him with disgusto be therefore strayed alone to began to learn from the severe lesthie seashore, fixed his eyes upon sons of experience. He frankly rethegreat Atlantic Ocean, and thought lated his former errors, his present of dear little Ireland, the scene of mortifications, and his foreboding youthful joys. the
of added indignities from the rugged 9 About the end of three months, overseer. The stranger bade him the overseer rudely reprimanded him take heart; there was good help at for sparing the whip, and made some hand. He commanded a ship, which gross allusion to the silly womanishlay at a small distance; his barge tenderness of poor gentlemen. Mr. was in a creek hard by, and would Rodnam's Hibernian spirit flashed receive his jewel of an Irish lad then, out in the most pointed yet indirect or late in the evening; but it would ridicule of plebeian brutality. He be wisest to go back to the plantasaw that the overseer appropriated tion, take away his things, and come the derision to himself, and was to the easternmost point as the sun aware that he could and would avenge || went down. A few years in trade itoli, Stung by wounded pride, and to the East Indies would make him not without strong presentiments of richer than any Creole of the West. more insufferable insult, he wander Mr. Rodnam accepted the proposal, ed to hisaccustomed solitude. Trans- and ratified the agreement by shak. ported by vehementemotion, he some ing hands with Captain Monaghan. times wrung his hands, beat his fore- ! On returning to the plantation, he head, or sat wofully ruminating upon had the satisfaction of hearing that the misery of a civilized mortal, re- |the overseer had been absent all day, moved from all with whom he could and was not expected till very late: assimilate, and subject to the tyran he began to hesitate upon throwing ny of a savage. In these agonies, himself entirely under the power of or melancholy reveries, time. imper- a stranger; but recollecting his unceptibly elapsed; he had walked conditional engagement, he deteralong the beach unheeding how far, mined not to break it. He was taken and when he looked at his watch, on board, and with horror discovered the last relic of better days, he saw that he was involved with pirates ; that his time had been outstaid by but each had a story to tell in pallitwo hours. He reprobated his ownation of his opposition to the laws imprudence in giving the overseer that formerly aggrieved him in parsuch advantage against him; and tiality to the powerful and wealthy. while occupied by this idea, a stout | Rodnam regarded their offences as man, with a weather-beaten visage, the effects of just resentment; and accosted him in a high Irish accent living in luxury and ease, he falsely with much kindly warmth, express- concluded, that the pirates were really ing his sorrow to observe a fine better men than the oppressors of young gentleman so troubled in mind. the sable race, who never shared - The voice of a countryman, the | with him their abundant gratificaeffusions of sympathy, so long un- tions. To divert the crew with inheard, dismissed from the heart of strumental music and singing, to go Rodnain the little caution which he on shore as spokesman, for which
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