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accumulated. This merchant was a wi- || which was upon the point of advancing to dower, his wife having died some years || bis lip. before the period in which we begin this Angelica, though a woman, and therehistory. By this good woman he had been fore sensible to love and pleasure, was yet blest, as the phrase is, with one child, a ll one of the veriest prudes in nature; in daughter, who survived her mother, and proportion to her sensibility was her hypoconsoled her father for her loss. We will crisy, and she was as careful 10 conceal not indeed say that the merchant did not her love as inclined to imbibe it. Her shed some tears upon the death of his wife; passion for Alberto, augmented by an apa he had to pay for her shroud and coffin, prehension that it was not returned with and it cost no small regret to part with the || the ardour she desired, had almost consum required. The masses for her soul he quered this dissimulation, and reduced her absolutely refused :-"My vow," said he, ll prudery to submit. It was at this critical " went no farther than to support her in moment that the indiscreet folly of Althis world; it is her duty to convey herself | berto hurried him on to the discovery of to the next. Let her friends pay for her || his love. Angelica, therefore, received passage to heaven if they wish her there, this declaration as a prude might be ex. I will not pay her toll though St. Peter pected to receive it, whilst her heart beat should present himself to demand it." l with pleasure, and her kindling eyes could
The name of his daughter was Angelica, scarce conceal the fire that lightened and her person and mind well deserved | them. the appellation. She was tall, well shaped, Angelica received the professions of an eye well formed to excite love, and lips | Alberto's passionate attachment with as which promised to reward it. Nor did much apparent reserve as real pleasure. Love delay long to exert his power upon She Aung herself out of the apartment with an object thus qualified to .dignify and a look of proud disdain; and, in order to advance bis empire.
act her part with less apprehension of disIn the same house with Angelica, and in covery, departed the house on a visit to a the quality of her father's clerk, lived a distant relation. How fortunate is it for young man of the name of Alberto. He women that the eyes of their lover cannot was scarcely turned of five-and-twenty, was follow them into solitude. Could Alberto well made, was modest in his address, and have seen his Angelica as she departed in always prepared the way before he ven- her carriage, could he have seen and un. lored upon any act of unusual assurance. I derstood the tears which she shed when With these accomplishments who was bet- thus removed from observation, how difter formed for a lover than Alberto ? An- || ferent would have been his own sentiments; gelica at least thought so; she considered instead of this, however, without the least it cruel also to conceal her good opinion l suspicion of the dissimulation of his misfrom one to whom she justly believed the tress, and firmly believing that he was the knowledge of it would give so much satis- object of her hatred, he felt every thing faction.
that such a thought could inspire. His Nor did she overrate her charms or their books from this day were neglected; his influence in this judgment of their effect | ledger was mistated, and alternately his upon Alberto. Such as we have painted master or bis creditors were cheated. The Angelica, who could behold her without merchant discovered the change, and with an emotion of admiration, which oppor- | that usoal oblivion of former services tunity must soon convert into love. All wbich distinguishes his tribe, reproached berto therefore felt her beauty, and ac- || him with the bitterest severity. This knowledged her power; in one word, he treatment, together with his increasing loved her? With this mutual attraction, passion, so far auginented his melancholy it will be easily believed that they were not that life became a burden to him, and but long strangers to each other. Alberto, || for the pious admonitions of his father bowever, had the gallantry to speak first, Il confessor, he would have terminated by an imprudence which destroyed the effect one blow both life and this misery. of his passion, and intercepted the fruit ! Unable, however, to support any longer
this state of uneasiness, and from the na-, his sight. He discovered, however, that tural restlessness of grief, indulging a hope he had wandered from the bigh road, and. of finding that relief in a change of place was now upon a plain, through the middle which the present scene and cause of his l of which extended the bye road he was at sorrow refused, he resolved to leave the i that moment following. As he had neither house and service of the merchant, and fly eaten nor drank since his first departure for ever from a place which only recalled from the city in the morning, his other to his mind at once the beauty and cruelty I sufferings were now increased by an immoof his mistress. With this design, having | derate hunger. previously satisfied his master as to the This caused bim to examine around him regularity of his accounts, he left the house with an attention still more earnest, and and city, and proceeded upon bis purpose at length he perceived a light at some short without any other fixed direction than that distance before him. This light appeared of departing immediately from the country. to issue not from any house in the road he
“O Angelica," exclaiined he, “ what was then pursuing, it seemed rather to fortune, in order to destroy me, has created proceed from a shepherd's hut across the thee! what cruel destiny has thus united plain. To this, however, he resolved to in thee all the beauty and cruelty of thy direct his steps; and leaving the road be sex! O that thou wert less fair, that thy i proceeded towards it. cruelty might do less mischief; or less He was not long before he arrived at the cruel, that thy beauty might cure as it has 1 extreme inclosure of a small garden, or wounded! Angelica, my Angelica, why | paddock, which he now perceived to surmust I thus love in vain ?" Wish these | round the place whence he bad distincomplaints did the wretched Alberto at guished the light to proceed. A small once gratify and indulge the grief of garden gate conducted him to the door of slighted love.
the house; upon knocking, an old man In the mean time the hurry of his mind appeared at the window, and demanded being insensibly conveyed to his steps, he his business. Alberto answered that he was was travelling with unusual rapidity, and a traveller, and had lost his way, and again had already, though he had left the city l implored admittance. The old man apbut a few hours, passed to a distance of peared for some time in suspence; the some leagues, when he was overtaken by wind in the meantime whistled with that the approach of night.
sharp shrill wintry sound which of itself It was now the autumn. Alberto had is enough to freeze every ear it reaches. left the city about the hour of noon, and “ Can you hear this,” exclaimed Alhaving travelled nearly ten leagues, im- | berto, “and yet refuse me admittance ? pelled by the vigour of youth and love, ll Can you be a man, and yet leave me ex. he was thus suddenly surprised by the de- li posed to a night like this?" parture of light. Now, for the first mo “Young man," replied the stranger, “I ment, he began to recal his attention to live in this house by myself, unarmed, and bis present circumstances, and had he not as you may perceive, aged. The plain been a lover, and therefore without the adjoins to the forest of Nero Bosco. I regards usual with other men, they were need not tell you that this forest is the such as might have made him repent his known haunt of banditti; who, fugitives hasty resolution. The night was dark and from their country or military standards, cloudy; and its horror was increased by a here rank themselves under some daring continued rain, the dreary effect of which leader, and plunder at their will. You say was still heightened by a rough bowling you are a traveller, and have wandered winterly wind, which, driving the rain in from the high public road; but how is his face, left him little more to suffer from such error, and so far continued, possible! jarring elements.
you are now above three leagues from any He now began to think as other men, part of the road you have mentioned. Is and to look around him for shelter from it to be believed that you have wandered the increasing tempest. The darkness, so far from your route and but now disand still more the beating rain, intercepted!' covered it?"
“ Alas, father," replied Alberto, “ I am || the strength or skill of the adversary prea wretch who know not wbither I go! 1|| sents her with no fair excuse for the defeat." fly from a grief which I carry within me! | The old man had no sooner concluded, I wander therefore without any other di: 1 and Alberto was about to answer, than they rection than that of proceeding onwards." || were interrupted by the sudden arrival of
“Well, my son, added the old man, “I some horsemen, who thundered at the door will give you the shelter you demand. for admittance. The old man, trembling This, indeed, is not a season to be thus with apprehension, hastily addressed Alexcluded; let me not repent my confi berto:-“ My son, conceal yourself; these dence."
are some of the robbers of the forest. They Saying this the old man descended and are in the habit of using this bouse to dress admitted Alberto within the house. See their food, when they are at any distance ing his desolate condition, his clothes from their own caves or habitations."drenched with the rains, and his limbs Here the knocking redoubled." Fly, my from the past fatigue unable to support his son," continued the old man; “ conceal weight, the old man kindled a fire, and yourself until their departure. They will placed before him those refreshments which not injure me, but should they discover he justly imagined necessary. Somewhat you, my entreaties would not save you. recovered by this, he at length entered Fly therefore; here, creep into this recess!" into conversation with his bost, and at his 1) Alberto hastily obeyed, and the old man request related the cause of the misery he |seing him thus removed from the danger, had mentioned. The peasant listened with | opened the door and admitted the stran. earbest attention, being already prepos- || gers. His surprize, however, was great, sesed by the modesty of his mien and de- when, instead of the persons of the banportment; and Alberto bad no sooner con- ll ditti, he beheld those of the Roman police. cluded than he thus addressed him :-|| Their demand of shelter and refresbment "Courage, Cavalier, you have fled before I was immediately complied with; and the the combat. I am mistaken or your de- || fellows having seated themselves by the spair has left a victory which was already | fire, commenced a conversation upon the in your power. You are thus seized with subject of their journey. melancholy because your first address was
"I do not know," said one of the fel. received with disdain. What! would you lows, “why our superior has dispatched have a woman surrender to the first sum. us upon an errand like this! I cannot see mons of her lover? Wil you allow no what we have to do with it." thing to modesty? Follow my advice, my “ Nor can 1,” replied one of his comSon ; return to the banker's, seek hispanions. “What has justice to do with daughter, and renew your suit. Persever. || a young fellow's elopement with a woman ance in love is like courage in war. Many l who choses to be his companion." a woman, as many a battery, have sub|! " You mistake the aftair," replied the mitted to a chance assault, which but for | shird; “ this young woman is the only that all would have deemed invincible. | child, and therefore the heiress to the old But Angelica is beautiful,-grant it, Ca- | merchant; and you know it is death by valier; does ber beauty render her less our Roman laws to carry off such a one." a woman? Has she passions of less sensi This conversation excited the attention bility because she has a face of greater 1 of the old man, who now ventured to take loveliness? Her beauty, my son, is but | his share in it, and demanded of the last the varnish of her nature; and that nature speaker a fuller explanation of the subject is still the same, whatever may be the ele- || of their discourse. gance of its outward covering. Angelica, “My old friend," replied the fellow, therefore, is a woman, and Alberto is a man. | “ the affair is indeed of a very singular What, therefore, should forbid the one to nature. There is a merchant in our city hope, or the other to submit? Nothing l of Rome who is well known throughout but that diffidence which hinders the for. || Italy for the greatness of his wealth, and mer from attacking, and that pride which still more for the love he bears it. This withholds the latter from subinitsing where merchant had a daughterm
“What is this merchant's name:" said: this, old friend! what have you to say to the old man, interrupting the relator. Augelica! Now, by the holy father, if it “ Stephano," replied tbe fellow.
Il were not for thy beard, I should think thee “And his daughter's ?" resumed the old Signor Alberto himself! But as I was map.
saying, Augelica was missed, and the old “ Angelica," replied the follow. merchant immediately, and very wisely · The old mau bere had some difficulty to too, concluded that the birds had flown conceal the emotions of surprise, and in together; that Angelica had perhaps writsome degree of terror, which this discovery ten from her aunt's villa to Signor Allierto, excited. Alberto in the relation of his and that the whole affair had thus been history had not concealed the names either settled between them. Stephano then im of Stephano or Angelica; the old man, lmediately guessed this to be the plot, ac. therefore, now recognized them to be the cordingly waiied upon my Lord Governor, same. With some efforts, however, he || and made him acquinted with the whole. was successful in disembling his appre- || I was present myself, and it is in this man. bension, and repeated his request that the ner I have been enabled to explain to you fellow would continue his narrative.
the business. My Lord Governor imme. “ As to a narrative, old friend," resumed diately dispatched us all to pursue the the fellow, “it is not much of tbat, for it fugitives. We have not been able to trace will take up but few words. This rich the Signor Alberto, but as to Angelica, we merchant, Stephano, as I have said, had al came up with her about the poon of this daughter of the name of Angelica, of the day." reports of whose beauty the city was as “Came up with her," exclaimed the old full as of the wealth and covetousness of peasant; “ and what have you done with the father. Stephano, therefore, in con- || her?" continued he with an eagerness fidence of his own wealth, and this beauty which immediately collected the eyes and of bis daughter, expected to marry her to attention of the whole company. some great baron, such as the Colonna's, “ Hey!" exclaimed the relator, eying perhaps, and therefore gave her an edu- || the old man with unusual attention, “ do cation which suited a princess. The young l you know any thing of this same Alberto woman, however, saw with different eyes or Angelica ? Why, if you had them in to her father, and instead of fixing them your house you could not show more ap. upon a young prince or a baron, cast them prehension! Though, as to Angelica, in. on a young lusty rogue of a clerk, one deed, we are safe enough there ; for she Signor Alberto, who being in the service l attempted to escape from us, and we, ac. of her father, lived in the same house with cording to our duty, shot her in the ather. This young fellow, upon pretence of I tempt!" some dislike, left the service of bis master “Wretches, murderers, barbarians !" exthis morning. Signora Angelica, who had claimed Alberto, bursting the door of his been upon a visit to her aunt, returned concealment, and rushing forward amongst to her father's house about an hour after them. The fellows appeared at first startled Signor Alberto left it; she pretended truly I at this incident, and the fury of Alberto, to fall into a fit upon being told that Al- || but recovering themselves, and gazing at berto had left the house, though the young him, they immediately recognized bim for Signor, or I am much deceived, had only the object of their pursuit. They accord. acted according to something concerted || ingly seized bim. between thein, and was, perhaps, at the "Signor," said the fellow who had same moment waiting for her at some apo hitherto spoken, and who was their princi. pointed place. Be this as it will, another Il pal, “ your honour has saved us a labour hour did not pass before Angelica herself we were about to undertake, that of search. was likewise missing.
ling the house for you; for our honest host “ Angelica missed,” exclaimed the old | here has betrayed you by his eagerness." man, with more emotion than prudence should have permited.
(To be concluded in our nexinh “Hey!" resumed the relator, “what's all
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LADY LOVELACE felt so mortified || beau monde being eager to witnesss the at having allowed herself to be in danger I first drawing up of the splendid curtain at of catching at the bait which the design- Sans Souci House), Lady Castledowne ing Hibernian had laid in the well-meshed I could not deny herself the pleasure, even net he spread before her feet, that the at so short a notice, to offer a share io lier following morniog after the discovery ll good fortune to the Countess Lovelace made by Lord Castledowne, she gave or- and her niece. The play was to be perders not to be at home to any one. She was || formed that very night; and her Ladysbip grave and reflective, a temper so unusual inclosed a bill of the drama, which was with ber, that my maid told me, her Lady. | most superbly printed on white salin. ship's woman complained of the Coun. I suppose my countenance expressed my tess's cross looks, when, in fact, I knew wish to be present at a spectacle so new that my poor aunt was in sober sadness to a country novice, as to see Peers and reproaching her own folly.
| Peeresses laying down their dignities to At this juncture, wben her Ladysbip | assume the fictitious majesties of the stage. was lying along the sultane, in her dres- Ao old aunt of mine (a very different persiog-room, and I, by her desire, was amus sonage from my noble kioswoman before ing myself with her barp, a letter was pre me), my father's sister, who dwelt in sented to her." Hymenæa, my dear, Northumberland, and whom I used to break the seal; I am not in a humour to visit in my childhood, had impressed me prick my fingers with the insignia of any | with a few prejudices against “ stagemore castellated heroes, since I so par. || players" or all descriptions, which did not Towly escaped losing may hand by a snap ll a little excite my curiosity to understand from the shark of Castle Killaloe." how people of birth and fortune could pos.
My aunt smiled, sighed as she spoke, | sibly so degrade themselves, as to place and threw me the letter ; glad to find that their amusement in imitating a profes. she could jest on what I saw had so pained sion which comes under the vagrant act. her delicacy, I replied in the same gay I remember pretty well, that if in repeatstrain, and took the yet unopened letter. ing my daily portion of Gay's Fables, or I observed that its seal was an armed war-ll my weekly Collect, in any more oratorical rior issuing from a mural crown, and style than that of the usual sing-song of a grasping a dagger. Though no herald, I sixpenny-school, or the nasal drawl of the recognized an Earl's coronet surmounting | clerk of the parish, my venerable aunt the whole; and breaking the waxen pad. || would slap my hands with her spectaclelock, the sigoature of Castledowne pre case, and ask me if“I meant to go a morsented itself.
rice-dancing, or to make one in a spout“ Nothing more about that odious , | ing club, that I must see-saw my hands I hope !" cried Lady Lovelace, colouring; || and speechify my voice like a vagabond « No;" was my reply; and having her stage-player, when I came to speak poetry Ladysbip's commands, I read the epistle and holy writ like a gentlewoman and a aloud. It was to express Lord and Lady Christian !". These lessons, frequently reCastiedowne's regret at not finding us at peated, though they did not lessen my home that morning, when her Ladyship pleasure in emphatic enunciation, and did herself the honour of calling upon the the representation of fine plays, certainly Countess of Lovelace aud Miss Well- established an unreasonable contempt in wood. His Lordship then added, that his my mind for all professors of the drama. Lady had received tickets of admission for tic art. the opening of tbe private theatre of the “ I perceive," said Lady Lovelace, gay Duchess of Sans Souci ; and that, as “ that you wish to go, child. I am too it was expected to be a very grand affair, 1 ennui to venture into a private theatre, and tickets were difficult to obtain (all the of all places in the world; I should yawu at
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