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CH A P. XIV.
exploit, he was suddenly invaded,
and all his ardour checked, by the Which frews,
remembrance of that fatal letter, That a man cannot always fip,
written and signed by her own hand, When the cup is at his lip.
which had divorced him from all *HOSE who have felt hope, and first unsettled his under
the doubts, the jea- ftanding. The emotions waked by T loufies, the resent this remembrance were so strong, * ments, the humilia. that he leaped from the bed, and,
tions, the hopes, the the fire being still burning in the
despair, the impati- chimneġ, lighted a candle, that he
of your regard, I feel some reluc- that the poor young lady, miss tance in making you acquainted Meadows, had dropped her pocketwith a circumstance, which, in all book in the next chamber, where it probability, you will not learn with- was found by the hostess, who now out some disquiet. But the affair is presented it unopened. become so interesting, I am com- Our knight, having called in Mrs. pelled to tell you, that however Oakely and her son as witnesses, agreeable your proposals may have unfolded the book, without reading been to those whom I thought it my one syllable of the contents, and duty to please by every reasonable found in it five bank.notes, amountconceflion, and howsoever you may ing to two hundred and thirty have been flattered by the seeming pounds. Perceiving, at once, that complacency with which I have heard the loss of this treasure might be your addresses, I now find it abso- attended with the most embarrassing lutely necessary to speak in a deci- consequences to the owner, and resave itrain, to assure you, that, with- flecting that this was a case which out sacrificing my own peace, I can- demanded the immediate interpofinot admit a continuation of your tion and asistance of chivalry, he decorrespondence; and that your re- clared, that he himself would congard for me will be best thewn by vey it fafely into the hands of miss your desisting from a pursuit, which Meadows; and desired to know the is altogether inconfittent with the road the had pursued, that he might happiness of
set out in quest of her, without a Aurelia Darnel..” moment's delay. It was not with
out some difficulty that this informaHaving pronounced aloud the tion was obtained from the postwords that composed this difmiflion, boy, who had been enjoined secrecy he hastily replaced the cruel scroll; by the lady, and even gratified with and, being too well acquainted with a handsome reward for his promised the hand to harbour the least doubt discretion. The same method was of its being genuine, threw himself used to make hiin disgorge his truft: into his bed in a transport of de- he undertook to conduct Sir Launcespair, mingled with refentment; lot, who hired a poit-chaile for during the predominancy of which, dispatch, and immediately departed, he determined to proceed in the ca- after having directed his squire to reer of adventure, and endeavour follow his tract with the horses. to forget the unkindness of his mif- Yet, whatever halte he made, it is tress, amidit the avocations of abfolutely neceffary for the seader's knight-errantry. Such was the re- faristadion, that ue should outstrip solution that governed his thoughts, the chaise, and visit the ladies before when he rili in the morning, or- his arrival. We Thall therefore, de red Crabthaw to laddle Bronzo. without circumlocution, premise, marte, and demanded a bill of his that miss Meadows was no other expence. Before t ese orders could thair that paragon of beauty and be executed, the good woman of goodnes, the ail-accomplished miss the house, entering his apartment, Aurelia Darnel. She had, with that told him, with marks of concern, meckness of resignation peculiar to
herself, for some years, submitted to thousand ludicrous attitudes for the
Such was the character of squire a difficult task to settle the accounts Sycamore, who professed himself of his wardship
the rival of Sir Launcelot Greaves According to the present estimate in the good graces of miss Aurelia of matrimonial felicity, Sycamore Darnel. He had in this purfuit might have found admittance as a persevered with more constancy and future fon-in-law in any private fa- fortitude, than he ever exerted in mily of the kingdom. He was by any other instance. Being generalbirth a gentleman, tall, straight, ly needy, from extravagance, he and muscular, with a fair, fleek, un- was stimulated by his wants, and meaning face, that promised more animated by his vanity, which was fimplicity than ill-nature. His edu- artfully instigated by his followers, cation had not been neglected, and who hoped to share the spoils of his he inherited an estate of five thou- fuccess. These motives were reinfand a year. Miss Darnel, however, forced by the inceffant and eager had penetration enough to discover exhortations of Anthony Darnel, and despise him as a strange com- who, seeing his ward in the last year position of rapacity and profufion, of her minority, thought there was absurdity and good sense, bashful- no time to be loft in fecuring his ness and impudence, felf-conceit own indemnification, and snatching and diffidence, aukwardness and of his niece for ever from the hopes of tentation, infolence and good-nature, Sir Launcelot, whoin he now hated rathness and timidity. He was con- with redoubled animosity. Finding tinually surrounded and preyed upon Aurelia deaf to all his remonby certain vermin called led-captains strances, proof against ill-usage, and and buffoons, who Thewed him in resolutely averse to the proposed leading-ftrings like a fucking giant, union with Sycamore, he endearified his pockets without ceremony, voured to detach her thoughts from ridiculed him to his face, traduced Sir Launcelot, by forging tales to his character, and exposed him in a the prejuciice of his constancy and
moral character; and, finally, by whispers, and soon reached the ears recapitulating the proofs and in- of Mr. Sycamore, who was not at stances of his distraction, which he all pleased with the information. particularized with the most mali- From his knowledge of Anthony's cious exaggerations.
disposition, he suspected the truth In spite of all his arts, he found of the report ; and unwilling to see it impracticable to surmount her ob. such a prize ravished, as it were, jections to the purposed alliance, from his grasp, he, with the advice and therefore changed his battery. and asistance of his myrmidons, Instead of transferring her to the resolved to set the captive at liberty, arms of his friend, he resolved to in full hope of turning the advendetain her in his own power by a ture to his own advantage ; for he legal claim, which would invest him argued in this manner : “ If the is with the uncontrouled management in fact compos mentis, her gratitude of her affairs. This was a charge will operate in my behalf, and even of lunacy, in consequence of which prudence will advise her to embrace he hoped to obtain a commission, the proffered asylum from the vilto secure a jury to his wish, and be lany of her uncle. If the is really appointed sole committee of her disordered, it will be no great diffiperfon, as well as steward on her culty to deceive her into a marriage, estate, of which he would then be and then I become her trustee of heir apparent. As the first steps course." towards the execution of this honest The plan was well conceived ; fcheme, he had subjected Aurelia to but Sycamore had not discretion the superintendency and direction enough to keep his own counsel. of an old duenna, who had been From weakness and vanity, he formerly the procuress of his plea- blabbed the design, which in a little fures; and hired a new set of fer- time was communicated to Anthony vants, who were given to under. Darnel, and he took his precautions ftand, at their first admiffion, that accordingly. Being infirm in his the young lady was disordered in own person, and consequently unfit her brain.
for opposing the violence of some An impression of this nature is desperadoes, whom he knew to be easily preserved among servants, the satellites of Sycamore, he prewhen the master of the family thinks pared a private retreat for his ward his interest is concerned in support. at the house of an old gentleman, ing the impofture. The melancholy the companion of his youth, whom produced from her confinement, and he had imposed upon with the ficthe vivacity of her resentment un- tion of her being disordered in her der ill-usage, were, by the address voderstanding, and amused with a of Anthony, and the prepoffellion of story of a dangerous design upon his domesticks, perverted into the her person. Thus cautioned and effects of infanity; and the fame in- instructed, the gentleman had gone terpretation was strained upon her with his own coach and servants to molt indifferent words and actions. receive Aurelia and her governante The tydings of miss Darnel's disor- at a third house, to which she had der were carefully circulated in been privately removed from her