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• They now arrived at the stage, and Lucy drowned in tears, hung affectionately on Amelrosa, requesting her to deliver a thousand kind remembrances to her friends; which she faithfully promised, and to write Mr. Melville and herself, on condition they answered her letters.
Having separated, the stage drove off, and they waited looking after it; while Amelrosa continued waving her hand to them, till they were no longer discernible,
To him all is silent, and mournful, and dim,
Den the seasons pass dreary and slow;
It would have been with sensations of unmixed pleasure, that Amelrosa quitted London, where she had known scarcely any thing but the most exquisite misery, (for the trifling amusements she had shared, placed in competition, were hardly worthy to be remembered,) lad she not recollected she must return to it, to sus
tain, most probably, yet further trials ; as · to her own industry, she would then be
indebted indebted for future support. To be from necessity industrious, she did not regret, having always accustomed herself to habits of employments ; but it was to encounter strangers, and to be subjected to their dominion and caprice in a dependant state, that she most dreaded ; her fortitude being weakened by sorrow and disappointment, and from having been taught to expect a very different fate, or to have gained a protector in Montague Glenholme, who once she reflected with acute pain, loved her with the fondest affection.
· Her youth and beauty, which shone conspicuous, though melancholy and indisposition apparently oppressed her, forcibly interested her fellow travellers in her favour; consisting of an old lady, her daughter, about thirty, with a child of nine years of age, and an elderly gentleman. They conducted themselves with politeness and compassionate good-nature to Amelrosa, wlich are rarely to be met
with in a conveyance of this description ; and were such respectable people, that she congratulated herself in being so fortunate as to meet with these quiet, amiable companions, in her present state of mind, which ill calculated her to encounter vulgar or boisterous characters.
The gentleman seemed quite pleased with her ; and being of a frank disposition, gave her a history of himself, quite entertaining; and inquiring where she was going, which she informed hiin was to a village about three miles from Charmouth, in Dorsetshire, said he only lived six miles from that spot himself, and should-be very happy as well as his wife, if she would do them the favour to sleep that night at their . house, as it would be more convenient for lier, the stage nearly passing the door, and he would himself see her home the next morning in his one-horse chaise.
Amelrosa thanked him, but cleclined his
obliging proposal, saying, she could not accept it, as she was expected at Stoke Morton, and would occasion some disappointment, if she did not proceed directly to Farmer Heartwell's. This answer prevented his urging her any more ; but he continued his attentions, and every time .they got out of the stage, would carry a small box of the most valuable articles she possessed, which she never suffered to be out of her sight, and carried inside the coach for security. The ladies were equally polite; and being necessitated to converse with her companions, this added to the novelty of the journey, never having travelled through that part of England before, amused her, and caused a temporary oblivion of her misfortunes.
When they reached Salisbury, she was charmed with the neatness and cleanliness of that city; and the lightness and elegance of the spire of the venerable cathedral, inspired her with admiration ; but the sur