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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 bitberto 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. Dasbing. who had been a particular friend of my ton, one morning after he had been paying me mother's, undertook to introduce me into an anconscionable long visit." I blushed, for: life, and no one could be better qualified for l though I had internally made choice of him thetask; her house was frequented by a vumber ll for a help-mate, I was actually, ashamed to of elegant and fashionable men, many of acknowledge it. She smiled. whom paid me particular attention, but as ll “The man is a sad bore ;" cried she “bowever, my father's circumstances were well known to be might du well enough for a husband, ifi most of them, I had no serious proposals. Il 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 pa.. did not possess a single recommendation, save tience, you may yet do better." wealth, were eagerly sought for in marriage, My confused and hesitatiig reply, convincby those very men who had amused thein. led her, I believe, that I was out of all paa Relves perbaps for months before with daug- l tience, for gbe 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 betshould 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.
no 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 l!“ Well,” said she, “ when he next comes, I father died, leaving me the little that he pus will talk to him; he ought to bave made prosessed; this sum was not by any means suf. Il posals before this time, and I am resolved to. ficient to enable me to nove in the circles | know what his intentions really are, for that I had always lived in, and I determined you must not lose your time with such a to retire into Wales; but ibis step I was pre- || creature.” vented from takiug by the kindness of my li As to losing my time, I did not think that friend Mrs. Dashington, who begged that in there was any dauger of that, but I was exfuture I would make her house my home, ceedingly mistaken: would you suppose it and appropriate my little income to my possible, Mr. Editor, the first question le pocket expences. I gladly accepted this truly asked Mrs. Dashington was, “ W bat fortune friendly offer; but a sdependence was jusup. I had?" and on learning the sum,“ he was. portably galling to my spirit, 1 abated a good | 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, be knew, been accustompossible to a gentleman ibat had, as l ed to a certain style of life, and he was sopposed, long viewed me with partiality, i 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 business.” any thing like a tender sentiment; for though | Mrs. Dashington's anger at his 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 bim 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 maidenism, and manners were singularly unprepossessing; the varions disappointments tbat I had met yet, at this being, such as he was, did I seri with, gave an expression of care to my counteously set my cap, and lost no time in com Dance, and robbed my cheek of its natural mencing a siege in form.
bloom. I bad hitherto trusted to nature, but I began by adopting Sterne's advice, and I now had recourse to art; rouge and pearl. assailed Mr. Torpid with a series of those il powder gave to my complexion more than ito
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 pains were completely thrown away; Il nonsense. was deserted even by the ephemera that had And now, Mr. Editor, to come to tbe reason hilberto dangled after me, and I soon found I ll 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 time to the present, I have had but one pletely exclude me from the notice and admi. chance of altering my condition. 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 owa age, a few months ago paid his ad- ll 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 merceuary, 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 he 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 i derision, while old wives are cried up for goddelicacy, she 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 i | prize with the English Ninon lady, was informed of their nuptials having taken 1 I am inclined, Mr. Editor, to give you place, by the following paragraph in one of ll 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, lloature, perhaps between us we may suca at her house in square, the beautiful liceed in overthrowing the reigning prejudice widow Tropic, to Captain Bastion, of the li against my unfortunate sisterhood; it is a
against my untortunat regiment of foot; the immense wealth of the cause worthy of an abler champion than mybride is as well known as ber extraordinary self, and if either you, or any of your name: mental 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 ge Tbe 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 tbem the taste of the public, io 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 reasopable 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 bave 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 of state trials in France and Italy are contained noble family and great wealth; his name was narratives which, together with their romantic | Monsieur de Caerstaing. By his lady, Madag
de la Valle Blanche, he had two sons, the eld-!inute; but at length remembering that Valest named Quattresson, the youngest Valfun- | fontaine was ber lover, and Quattressun bis taine; the former being about twenty-eight brother, began to imagine that there was years of age, the latter about twenty-three, and some contrivance between them, if they should both of them accomplished according to their ll not succeed with her father, to steal her away rank. Valfontaine, being ou a visit to bis Under this impression she granted his request. uncle in the city of Nantz, became there ac- : Quattresson then made a full acknowledgequainted with a lady of the name of La Pra- ' ment of his dishonourable passion, lamenting tiere, a young woman of exquisite beauty, and his treachery as an invincible misfortune, and not inferior to bim either in birth or fortune. li imputing it to her exquisite beauty. La PraValfontaine, therefore, took the first opportu- i tiere was for some time in too much confusion nity of declaring his passion to this rich to stop him in this offensive discourse, but at heiress, and was by the young lady referred length interrupted him “Sir, to have offered to her father. It is veedless, perbaps, to men- | this linkindness to a friend would bave been tion, that La Pratiere herself was friendly li treacherous and ignoble in the extreme; but to bis addresses. M. de Peunelle, the father | I know not what to term it when the object of the young lady, entertained Valfontaine very of this perfidy is your own brother. I have courteously for two or three days, but when only tv add, that your insanity, for such, Sir, the young man mentioned his business, replied | I must term it, has totally overpowered me, that he had other views for bis daughter. The and I would sooner be in my tomb than conmatter of fact was, that Valfontaine was merely nect myself with one so destitute of all boa younger brother, and therefore did not an. nourable feeling." swer the wishes of De Pennelle.
Quattresson, being not merely half a villain, Upon Vaifontaine's return to his father's resolved not to be repulsed in this manner; bouse at Vannes, he acknowledged his love for Il be accordingly made a polite bow to the lady, La Pratiere, and solicited his interposition and without farther ceremony proposed himwith her father. Both of his parents approved self at once to her father. He was encouraged to of bis choice, but did not deem it consistent
this, perhaps, by having learned the old gentlewith their rank to descend to solicitation. man's character from his brother. His expecThey declined, therefore this office. Valf o tation was not disappointed; Pennelle emtaipe next applied to his brother Quattressou,
braced the offer; desired Quattresson to leave and io treated him to make a journey to Nautz, every thing to his managenient, and promised and become bis advocale 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 Peonelle, expressive of his consent to the vising him to think no mure of La Pratiere, union of their families.
as her father was decidedly against his pro. Quatresson arrived at Nantz a short time
posals. before the family were going to their dinner. By soine 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 bis daughter. Her soon learned the perfidy of his brother, and exquisite beauty produced a fatal impression I openly taxed him with it. Quattresson, deon him. In a moment he forgot his brother, li nying it with bis tongue, confessed it with his and resolved to supplant him.
countenance. Valfontaine, however, fully sa. Under sonne pretext La Praticre accompa- tisfied of the honour and love of his mistress, nied him into the garden, probably because and perhaps deening 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 baud: "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 concerns doubly, as one who liad 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 purtion 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 leogth giveu bis consent.
As soon as be had resolved on the crime, mean condition very powerfully seconded the he resolved on the means. One of his most advances of Quattresson. dissolute companions was a young apothecary 1 To make short of this part of our narrative, who attended his family. This young man Quaitresson 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 a po 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. Quaitresson agaju succeeded in An opportunity was not long wanting to persuading her to elope, and concealed her in persons so determined on crimes. Valfontaine, la cottage of one of his father's vassals, about about six weeks after his inarriage, finding his ten or twelve miles from Vavnes. body is an extreme heat, and his pulse in Quattresson, having now satisfied one brutal violent motion, sent for his apothecary, who passion, returned to another. His revenge having opened a vein in the morning, admini | against La Pratiere arose in double violence. stered to him at night a composing draugbtHe 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 i 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 justice band; Quattresson likewise assumed a melan- of Providence brought it about sooner than choly countenance, and to all but tbe all seeing they had any reason to expect. La Praliere 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 1 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 suspicion and infusing into it a deadly but gradual that Valfontaine had died by the hands of his poison. The vengeance of God, however, brother, and these proceedings confirmed her i overtook him before the accomplishment 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 bannisters 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 fatber. Her beauty and fortune soon pro and witbuut having time to recommend his cured ber other admirere; and after a year's soul to his Maker, and to ask even momenta. mogrning she gave her hand to an honourable rily a pardon of Heaven, broke his neck, and and virtuous gentleman of the name of Pont expired--an awful example of the divine ven Chausey. Quattresson now vowed that his geance, and of the death of tbe wicked. revenge should equal his former love; he ac One would have thought that such a cala. cordingly avoided the sight of her as of a noxi- mitous accident would have awakened the ter.. ous animal, and to extinguish the memory of ror of Qualtresson. 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. Audrew, about three miles accomplice of his former crimce. Poor delud. from Vannes, bad a beautiful daughter, re-ed wretch! as if the all-seeing eye of Heaven solved to see ber and to make her the object was not upon bim, and as if Heaven wanted of his seduction. He coutrived to call at her other means to accomplish its justice. His father's cottage in one of his bunting excur- cup was not yet full; the bolt, however, was sivas. He saw Marieita,-saw that her beauty beating, and he soon received it on his head. exceeded ber reputation, and he resolved in- ' Quattresson now returned to his debauch. stantly to make her bis prey. Marietta was eries, and very soon became satiated with the oniy sixteen years of age, and vanity and her charins of Marietta. He row began to find
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her a burther. Some whispers, moreover, of soaded her to go to her chamber. Hither she his intrigue had reached his father's ear, and ll accordingly went,-alas! never to return. he began to fear being disinherited. Marietta She soon wept herself asleep, having first, acbecoming pregnant by him, augmeoted his cording to her nightly practice, prayed Gud to terrors. Under these circumstances he re pardon ber 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 persuaded bimself, the safest and the hour in the night, when thinking her asleep, surest
he stole up to her 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 bitherto concealed her, under the pretext that window on a ledge, or bouse-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 he'lish binself. This fellow was a tenant of bis ruffian partly strangled and partly stifed her. father, and Quattresson having before made The unhappy girl bad at least the cousolation use of him on some licentious purposes, knew of not knowing that Quattressun, her beloved that he would undertake any thing for inoney, Quattresson, was the cause of ber 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 bis victima 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 tremlife, hesitated at murder; Quattresson 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 Marieita would not trade. His business seemed complete, and consent to become the wife of Daniels, as she both Quattresson and lijmself 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 punishdertook 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 ikeir dogg he was particularly assiduous in his attentions Il 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 gentlenien 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 and one of the dogs after it. The dog nerer see her more. The fond and lovely girl upon coming up to the surface neglected the wept at bis 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 staid with her. Quattresso, 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 bis 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 gentlemen to call