« הקודםהמשך »
life. His malignity,” Amelrosa continued, while a modest blush tinged her cheek, "I know my dear father would not repay with the same conduct, for you do not even hate those who use you ill; but have often behayed with kindness to people that have unjustly treated you.”
Her benevolent interposition in favor of her bitterest enemy, pleased Lord Rossmore, and he flattered her by saying he approved what she had advanced and should observe it. However,” rejoined his lordship, “ though I have almost constantly forgiven any injuries done to myself and effaced them from my recollection, for vengeance and rancour do not inhabit my breast, yet I confess I have felt a strong inclination to resent and avenge the wrongs done to those I loved better than my own life; however, I shall certainly now forego the propensity I felt.”
Me miserable! which way shall I fly
ATTENDED by a reverend priest, Jacome and several other persons, to guard him froin treachery, Lord Rossmore set off the next morning for Souza, where Don Luis de Zamara resided. They found every thing in confusion at his habitation. Zamara being confined to his bell with a wound which it was apprehended would prove mortal. Not waiting then to learn the occasion, but conjecturing that it was in some base fray he had received it, and
fearful he might not live to do an act of justice to Amelrosa; they hastened to his chamber, where extended on a bed lay the wretched and guilty Zamara. How changed since his lordship had seen him in the prime of life, handsome, animated and haughty. His eyes were sunk and dim, his yellow visage, long, thin, and wrinkled, but though altered in such a degree, that Lord Rossmore, had he seen him any where else would not have remembered him, Zamara knew him directly, and a guilty horror and dismay was diffused over his livid countenance ; for his lordship, though considerably older than when he last saw him, and reduced by grief, looked still noble, handsome and interesting.
Virtuous sorrow had altered Lord Rossmore, but it was vice, debauchery, and crimes of the blackest die, that had thus changed the miscrable Zamara. Conscious of his varions enormities unexpectedly brought to light, the bed shook beneath
him, with the agitation and tremor that seized his guilty frame at the discovery of his villany, when his lordship mentioned the purpose for which he came. The sight of Jacome, caused him the most violent agitation; a gleam of fury lightened up his haggard eye, and he seemed as if he could, had he dared, have sprung from the bed, feeble as he was, to have stabbed him. He gnashed his teeth, groaned loudly, and muttered out incoherent words, nor could he be prevailed on to give a clear and proper answer, till the letter Padilla delivered to Signora Valeria was.produced, and then finding it useless to deny his crimes, as all was known, and the priest exhorted him to make the only atonement in his power by avowing the truth; he at length confessed with hesitation, that Amelrosa was indeed the daughter of Lord Rossmore and Elmira his niece.
in Zamara then briefly related his scheme in concert with Mrs. Marley, that caused
Don Fernando de Montalvan to conduct himself in the manner he did to Amelrosa, and finally occasioned them to be separated for ever. That when he first acted thus, he was unacquainted with her being the child of Elmira, but discovering it in consequence of his inquiries respecting her, from other motives, he was convinced from every circumstance, she was his lordship's daughter. Fearful if she continued at Lady Archdale's, Don Fernando would find means to make his peace, and when united to her endeavor to discover her parents, in which he might be assisted by learning from one of his father's old servants, some part of Elmira's hapless story that he knew very well, and by that means probably expose his guilt, and deprive him of the fortune which had been the occasion of his atrocity; having dissipated his own and wanting a great deal of money to support his extravagance, intemperance, and to pay the agents of his dreadful and secret deeds.-From this apprehension,