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could not belp feeling at his behaviour; my little attentions “not so pointed as to alarm, regret, however, was but transient, I was not nor so vague as to be misunderstood," for as more than seventeen, and I thought myself I had bitherto been all ice, I thougbt it would sure of soon meeting with as good, or perhaps be prudent to thaw by degrees. I saw that my a better offer.
plan succeeded, and that Mr. Torpid's atten.My dislike to the country now returned, || tions daily increased. and I soon quitted Oakly Hall for my father's " What do you mean to do with that ani.. house in London. Mrs. Dashington, a lady mal, Delia ?" said my friend Mrs. Dashing. who bad been a particular friend of my ton, one morning after he had been paying mo mother's, undertook to introduce me into an onconscionable long visit." I blushed, for, life, and no one could be better qualified for though I had internally made choice of him. the task; her house was frequented by a vumber for a help-mate, 1. was actually ashamed to of elegant and fashionable men, many of I acknowledge it. She smiled. whom paid me particular attention, but as “The man is a sad bore;" cried she “bowever, my father's circumstances were well known to he might do well enough for a husbaud, if most of them, I had no serious proposals. I he was rich, but unfortunately that is not'the cannot express to you, Mr. Editor, the morti. case, for his fortune is but just sufficient to fication I suffered, to find that women who support you with decency; have a little padid not possess a single recommendation, save
tience, you may yet do better." wealth, were eagerly sought for in marriage, My confused and hesitating reply. convinc.by those very men who had amused thein ed her, I believe, that I was out of all paselves perhaps for months before with dang. tience, for be said :ling after me; however, I was still young, aud “ Well, if you must marry him, I think the I cherished a hope, that when I did marry, I sooner you conclude the matter the bet should be superlatively happy, since it would ter; bas he never made you a serious offer?” be plain, that my future husband was not
I replied in the negative; but added, I had actuated by mercenary considerations.
po doubt that it was his intention to do so This hope supported iny spirits for some
very soon. years, but when I was about twenty-seven my a Well,” said stre, “ when he next comes, I father died, leaving me the little that he pos will talk to hini; be ought to have made prosessed; this sum was not by any means suf. posals before this time, and I am resolved to. ficient to enable me to nove in the circles know what bis intentions really are, for that I had always lived in, and I determined || you must put lose your time with such an to retire into Wales; but this step I was pre creature.” vented from takiug by the kindness of my As to losing my time, I did not think that friend Mrs. Dashington, who begged that in there was any danger of that, but I was exfuture I would make her house my home, li ceedingly mistaken: would you suppose it and appropriate my little income to my | possible, Mr. Editor, the first question lie pocket ex pences. I gladly accepted this truly asked Mrs. Dashington was, “ What fortune friendly offer ; but a sdependence was insup. I had ?" and on learning the sum, “he wasportably galling to my spirit, 1 abated a goud very sorry, but these were expensive times ; deal of my original pretensions, and con Miss Doleful was a very elegant woman, descended to render myself as agreeable as she had always, he knew, been accustompossible to a gentleman ibat had, as I led to a certain style of life, and he was supposed, long viewed me with parliality, sensible bis fortune was too small to support though I had not ever exhibited the least
her properly; he was therefore obliged, symptoms of regard for him in return. In though with great regret, to decline proceeding truth he was by no means calculated to excite any farther in the busivess." any thing like a tender sentiment; for though Mrs. Dashington's anger al bis conduct be was generally allowed to be a good sort of nearly equalled my own, and from that time man, he had not a single quality that could she completely cut with him. recommend him to the notice of a sprightly By this time I began to be looked upon as female, He was plain in his person, and bis a little verging towards old maideoism, and
were singularly unprepossessing; the varions disappointments that I had met: yet, at this being, such as be was, did I seri- || with, gave an expression of care to my counteously set my cap, and lost po time in com nance, and robbed my cheek of its natural mencing a siege in form.
bloom 1 bad hitherto trusted to nature, but I began by adopting Sterne's advice, and I now had recourse to art; rouge and pearlassailed Mr. Torpid with a series of those il powder gave to my complexion more than its
own fairness and brillianey, and my face was beauty or wit, consists in a pair of staring studiously decked with smiles; but alas ! all black eyes, and a wonderful facility of talking my pajus were completely thrown away; I was deserted even by the ephemera that had And now, Mr. Editor, to come to tbe reason bilberto dangled after me, and I soon found I of my troubling you with this long letter, I was considered by every body as a decided cannot help, I confess, feeling inexpressibly old maid.
piqued when I reflect that the single circumThis is now nearly ten years ago, and from stance of my being unmarried should comthat tine lo the present, I have had but one pletely exclude me from the notice and admi. chance of altering my covdition. Captain ration of your sex, while married women older Bastion, a pleasant and sensible man, about than myself are, as the phrase is, “the famy own age, a few months ago paid his ad- shion," aud are courted, followed, and admired dresses to me; I do not believe that he was by every male creature who would be thought absolutely mercenary, for though he did not to have taste, The charming Lady D, know u bat furiune I actually was possessed the beautiful Mrs. P-, and the lovely of, yet I had taken care to throw out hints Coruutess of C-, are the subjects of fashion, that I was not rich, but they did not seem to able conversation, and the theme of Newspaper damp the ardour of his passion; unfortunate panegyric; yet every one of these ladies is ly for me, before be had made proposals in form, some years my senior, and you must allow, Mrs. Tropic, the widow of a rich West Indian, Mr. Editor, it is extremely unjust that old saw him; she was pleased with his person and maids should be treated with contempt and manners, and not being overburthened with derision, while old wives are cried up for goddelicacy, slie frankly offered him her hand and desses ; nay, to such a height has the rage for fortuue. His passion for me was not suffi married ladies been carried latterly, that I ciently strong to enable him to resist the question whether Hebe herself would be altemptation, and he married her. I did not lowed by our modern beaux to dispute the know that they were even acquainted, till 1 prize with the English Ninon lady, was informed of their nuptials having taken I am inclined, Mr. Editor, to give you place, by the following paragraph in one of credit for a large portion of laste and discernthe morning papers :
ment, and if to these qualities you add good ." Yesterday was married by special licence, nature, perhaps between us we may SUCat her house in square, the beautiful ceed in overthrowing the reigning prejudice widow Tropic, to Captain Bastion, of lbe against my unfortunate sisterhood; it is a regiment of foot; the immense wealth of the cause worthy of an abler champion than my. bride is as well koowo-as ber extraordinary self, and if either you, or any of your numemental and personal graces ; and the Captain rous correspondents will take the trouble of is envied by all the fine fellows in town the proving by good sound argument, that an unpossession of so lovely a prize."
married old woman has as many claims to get The lady whose perfections are thus flat- nera! admiration as a married one, it will exteringly noticed, is older by some years than ceedingly oblige your very humble servant, myself, and the whole of her claims to either
HISTORIC ROMANCES -- OR WONDERS IN REAL LIFE.
IT is no reasonable subject of wonder, that 'horror and atrocity, have annexed to them the taste of the public, in a reading age, should that superior interest which always belongs be attracted to that style of narrative which is to truth. The following is a tale of this kind; termed romance. It is a reasonable subject it is no farther altered or added to by us tban of astonishment, however, that the writers of by taking it out of its quaint and antiquated the day have so puzzled themselves by having style, and omitting some letters which only in, solely recourse to their fancy, when even the terrupted the action. pages and records of history may furnish them In the city of Vanges, in the province of with infinitely better subjects. In some of the Breitague, in France, lived a gentleman uf state trials in France and Italy are contained noble family and great wealth; his name was narratives wbich, together with their romantic Monsieur de Caerstaing. By his lady, Madag
de la Valle Blanche, he had two sons, the eld mute; but at length remembering that Val-
Quattresson, being not merely half a villain, Upon Vaifontaine's return to his father's resolved not to be repuised in this manner; house at Vanues, he acknowledged his love for be accordingly made a polite bow to the lady, La Pratiere, and solicited his interposition and without farther ceremony proposed bimwith ber father. Both of his parents approved ll self at once to her father. He was encouraged to of his choice, but did not deem it consistent this, perhaps, by having learned the old gentle. with their rank to descend to solicitation. man's character from his brother. His expec. They declined, therefore this office. Valf n
tation was not disappointed; Pennelle emtaide next applied to his brother Quattresson, braced the offer; desired Quattresson to leave and in treated him to make a journey to Nautz, every thing to his managenient, and promised and become bis advocate with M. de Pennelle. him eventual success. Under this persuasion Quattresson readily yielded to his brother's Quattresson took his leave, and returned to request; and his father so far seconded the his brother, to whom he gave some false acpurpose of his visit, as to give him a letter to
count of the state of things at Pennelle's, ad. De Pennelle, expressive of bis consent to the vising him to think no more of La Pratiere, union of their families.
as her father was decidedly against his proQuatresson arrived at Nantz a short time posals. before the family were going to their dinner. By some means or other, most probably by He delivered his father's letter, and was intro. the communication of La Pratiere, Valfontaine duced by De Pennelle to his daughter. Her soon learned the perfidy of his brother, and exquisite beauty produced a fatal impression openly taxed him with it. Quattresson, deon him. In a moment he forgot his brother, nying it with bis tongue, confessed it with his and resolved to supplant him.
countenance. Valfontaine, however, fully sa. Under some pretext La Pratiere accompa tisfied of the honour and love of his mistress, pied him into the garden, probably because and perhaps deeming her beauty a strong exshe expected that he had some letter from her cuse, contented himself with the mere reproof lover. Quattresson very eagerly accompanied of his brother, and thereafter thought no more her. After a pause of a few minutes, taking of the subject. her band:-"I have something most import Not so Quattresson; he hated his brother ant to communicate to you, but you must as a successful rival; he now hated him swear to be secret. It intimately concerus doubly, as one who had detected him in an your future welfare, but I cannot communicate act of infamy. La Pratiere, moreover, was it to you on any other condition than that still immoveable. In this state of things he you pledge yourself by your honour aud salva turned his whole mind to revenge. This pur. tion to secrecy."
pose was still further confirmed by the union La Pratiere, wondering at the strange na of La Pratiere with his brother, De Pennelle ture of this request, for some moments stood | having at length giveu his cousent.
As soon as he had resolved on the crime mean condition very powerfully seconded the he resolved on the meaus.
One of his most advances of Quattresson. dissolute companions was a young apothecary To make short of this part of our narrative, who attended his family. This young man
Quattresson succeeded with the young and was as poor as he was profligate. Quaitresson thoughtless Marietta to the full extent of bis proposed to bim to poison bis brother, offer criminal desires; but as the father and moing bim a large reward. The villainous apo ther of Marietta, thougb poor, were honest, thecary after some reluctance agreed to the it became necessary to remove her from their proposal.
humble roof. Quattresson agaiu succeeded in An opportunity was not long wanting to persuading her to elope, and concealed her in persons so determined on crimes. Vulfontaine, a cottage of one of his father's vassals, about about six weeks after his inarriage, finding his ten or twelve miles from Vannes. body in an extreme heat, and his pulse in Quattresson, having now satisfied one brutat violent motion, sent for his apothecary, who passion, returned to another. liaving opened a vein in the morning, admini- || against La Pratiere arose in double violence. stered to him at night a composing draught He again sent for his former instrument, the in which was infused the deadly poison; Val- | ruffian apothecary, who had assisted him to fontain sunk under its operation before morn
puison his brother. The villain agreed to the ing His wife and father were sorrowful in proposal as soon as it was made. They now the extreme for the loss of their sou and hus waited only for the opportunity. The jastice band; Quattresson likewise assumed a melan. of Providence brought it about sooner than choly countenance, and to all but the all-seeing they had any reason to expect. La Pratiere eyes of God, seemed to lament the loss of his becoming indisposed, Moncalier was called in brother.
to administer to her. Three months were scarsely passed over He advised that soide composing draught after this atrocious murder, before Quattresson should be given to her, and left her chamber renewed his suit to La Pratiere, his widowed with the purpose of makiug up this draught sister-in-law. She had already some suspiciou and infusing into it a deadly but gradual that Valfontaine bad died by the hands of his poison. The vengeance of God, however, brother, and these proceedings confirined her overtook him before the accomplislıment of io that notion. Silently praying to the Al. his murderous intention. He had just left mighty God to bring about justice, in his own the chamber door, and was in the act of bowing due time, she contented herself with a sharp' to the busbaod, who attended him on the stairrebuke, and most absolute and decided refusal case, when the banuisters being low and dark, to listen to his conversation. Quattresson and raising up too suddenly, be fell backwards still continuing bis offensive addresses, La over them. The stairs were like those in old Pratiere at length withdrew from the house of houses, very deep, and in the shape of a well her father-in-law, and sought refuge in that of downwards; he accordingly fell to the bottom, ber father. Her beauty and fortune soon pro
and without having time to recommend his cured her other admirers; and after a year's soul to his Maker, and to ask even momenta. mourning she gave her hand to an honourable rily a pardon of Heaven, broke his neck, and aod virtuous gentleman of the name of Pont expired an awful example of the divine ven Chausey. Quatlresson now vowed that his geance, and of the death of the wicked. revenge should equal his former love; he ac. One would have thought that such a calacordingly avoided the sight of her as of a noxi
mitous accident would have awakened the terous animal, and to extinguish the memory of ror of Quattresson. Not at all; it had no his passion, gave bimself up to all kinds of such effect. On the contrary, he rejoiced in profligacy.
it, as an incident which put him into additi. Quattresson hearing that a poor peasant,
onal security, by removing the witness and of the parish of St. Andrew, about three miles accomplice of his former crimes. Poor deindfrom Vannes, had a beautiful daughter, re ed wretch! as if the all-seeing eye of Heaven solved to see her and to make her the object was not upon bim, and as if Heaven wanted of his seduction. He coutrived to call at ber, other means to accomplish its justice. His father's cottage in one of his hunting excurs cup was not yet full; the bolt, however, was sions. He saw Marieita,-saw that her beauty beating, and he soon received it on his head. exceeded her reputation, and he resolved in- i Quattresson now returned to his debauch. stantly to make her bis prey. Marietta was eries, and very soon became satiated with the only sixteen years of age, and vanity and her charins of Marietta. He now began to find
Ne. XV. Vol. III.-N.S.
her a burthen. Some whispers, moreover, of suaded her to go to her chamber. Hither she his intrigue had reached his father's ear, and accordingly went,-alas! never to return. he began to fear being disinberited. Marietta | She soon wert herself asleep, baving first, acbecoming pregnant by him, augmented his cording to her nightly practice, prayed Gud to terrors. Under these circumstances he re pardon her sin, but without the resolution to solved to get rid of her, and no more expediti- || abandon it. These are prayers which God "ous way suggested itself to this wicked man can never hear. than murder. It was the shortest way, and Daniels awaited very impatiently till a lale as he per suaded bimself, the safest and the hour in the night, wben thinking her asleep, surest.
he stole up to ber door. He listened, and Having thus resolved on the purpose, he heard nothing but her breathing. He went removed her from the house where he had into the next room, and getting through a
hitherto concealed her, under the pretext that window on a ledge, or house-ridge, he gained he wished ber to be more comfortable, and the window of Marietta's chamber. He softly better provided against the season of her de removed a pane uf glass, opened the window, livery. He removed her to the house of one and entered the room. Grasping the neck of Daniels, a miller, who bore a character scarce the lovely girl with one hand, and forcing ly less abandoned than that of Quattresson down the bellows with the other, the hellish binzelf. This fellow was a tenant of his ruffian partly strangled and partly stised her. father, and Quattresson having before made Tbe avhappy girl had at least the cousolation use of him on some licentious purposes, knew of not knowing that Quattresson, ler beloved that he would undertake any tbing for inoney Quattresson, was the cause of her death.
Quattresson accordingly, a few days after When the murderer thought the business wards, opened his purpose to the miller; pro- finished, he mustered up courage enough to mised a reward, and implored him to do the remore the bed clothes, and look at his victim business quickly and secretly. The miller, by the light of his dark lanthorn. He found wicked as had been the former course of his her dead, and in spite of his wickedness treme life, hesitated at murder; Quattressun doubled bled, and was covered with a cold sweat. There bis reward. The miller still hesitated, and was no time, however, to be lost. He put the proposed that for the same reward he would || body into a sack, and filling it with stones, marry Marietta, and thus take the child upon threw it into his mill-dam. himself.
Quattresson being informed of it next day, Quattresson, however, from some remains
gave him his reward; which the miller imof jealousy, would not listen to this expedient; || mediately spent in flour, and augmented his he knew, moreover, that Marietta would not
trade. His business seemed complete, and consent to become the wife of Daniels, as she both Quattresson and liimself in three or four believed that she was about to become that of
weeks forgot their crime and Marietta. Not Quattresson. In a few words, the miller's so, however, the justice of Almighty God. He scruples were at length overcome, and he un saw the crime, and had prepared the punishe dertook to execute the dreadful purpose. ment.
Daniels, to get rid of his suspense, resolved The crime had been committed about two to execute the crime immediately. Accord months, when some gentlemen, crossing the -ingly, the night after be bad undertaken it, fields near the mill dam, one of their dogs he was particularly assiduous in his attentions | plunged into the mill-dain water after a duck to Mariella. Quattresson himself visited her which was there swimming The miller not that evening; bypocritically kissad her as he | being in his mill, the gentlenen encouraged parted from her, and then took his leave in their dogs. The duck to escape them dived, the full hope and expectation that he should aud
one of the dogs after it. The dog nerer see her more.
The foud and lovely girl upon coming up to the surface neglected the wept at his departure. She thought that on duck, and swam round the place whence he such a night (being rainy and stormy) he returned to the surface, barking and making might have siaid with her. Quattress0y, how much noise. The other dogs soon joined him. ever, fearless of tbe storms of Heaven, rode | The gentlemen threw stones and called to the briskly bome, where he mixed in a gay party, | dogs, but to no purpose. They now began to as if his conscience and his heart had been per tbiuk that there was something extraordinary, fectly at ease.
and were resolved to see what it was. In this In the mean time the miller comforted Ma instant the miller came up, and seeing how rietta ; and giving ber some warm wine, per- things were, implored the geutlemen to call