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therefore you would not be able to distinguish his eyes, which are the finest ever placed in a mortal's head; more like your's than any body's I ever beheld ; and it would not be worth while to look at him, unless you could see them, though he is still uncommonly handsome. But his countenance wears the marks of care and sorrow, and is always gloomy, with a frowning brow, from deep thought; which makes him look older than he is, being only forty-three years of age. Perhaps, he may leave home for a week or ten days, as he generally does, once or twice in the summer, and I can then take you to see the house, for he has a great many fine pictures, and amongst the rest, I believe, the portrait of his lady ; at least, there is : a picture in the library of a young lady, that he sets before for hours, and is often seen by his principal attendant, weeping when he looks at it; but I dare not ask if it is Lady Rossmore, from the fear of rereviving the remembrance of his misfortunes.”. VOL. III.
Amelrosa thanked Heartwell, and said, she should like much to see the house, and he now left her to look after his labourers.
SOME days had elapsed, since Amelrosa's conversation with Heartwell, when one serene evening he came to her, and agreeably surprised her, by saying, “ If you would like to take a walk over to Greystone-hall, I will accompany you ; having just met one of the servants, who tells me his master went from home yesterday, and is expected to continue absent a long time.” * This uncommon and curious assem-' blage, would make a stranger conclude, on his first entrance,” said Amelrosa to Mr. Heartwell, “ that he was visiting the habitation of some celebrated philosopher;" " And a very reasonable conclusion, in my opinion," he rejoined; shewing her, as she spoke, into the drawing-room : the most cheerful apartment this gloomy abode contained, from its commanding a lively and pleasing prospect. It was ornamented with very capital pictures ; but most of them were painted from melancholy and affecting subjects, and involuntarily sug. gested the idea, as they inspired pensive reflections, that the selector of them must be inclined to sadness.
Amelrosa gladly assented to this proposal, and with the worthy farmer for her companion, and her favorite Tray, proceeded to the Hall. They walked slowly through the grove and avenue of trees, speaking but little to each other, as the gloominess of the scene impressed the mind with an involuntary melancholy, till they reached the mansion of sorrow, Stillness reigned throughout, which was interrupted by the mastiff, who began to bark at Tray and Amelrosa ; but knowing Heartwell, was soon quieted, and they entered a spacious hall, without seeing any person, hung round with a number of natural curiosities; different animals stuffed, birds in cases, insects; the domestic implements, dress, and offensive weapons of various savage nations, with several fire-arms and swords, used by the English and other Europeans. 1 2
They now visited the library, which was decorated and fitted up with taste, con. taining a valuable collection of books; but had a solitary gloomy air, from the windows looking into a small wood of fir, willow, and laurel trees, interspersed with the
arbutus or strawberry tree, and a variety of beautiful and curious shrubs. Eagerly Amelrosa advanced to the portrait, whicli Heartwell had mentioned he conjectured to have been drawn for Lady Rossmore, and her admiration and attention were instantly fixed on it.
· Elmira appeared to have been about fifteen years of age, when the picture was painted, and was formed with such exquisite perfection, that the severest criticism could here find no scope for censure. Her features were correctly regular; yet so animated and expressive was her countenance, that the eye unwillingly turned away from the bewitching grace that attracted it. Her jet black hair was fastened behind with a comb; but some negligent ringlets had apparently escaped from it, and with a.. pleasing carelessness waved on her fine turned shoulders. A tint of the wild rose glowed on her round cheek, and her complexion was the clearest brown. She was