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yourself, you shall make an easy dupe of me a second time. Had not these eyes witnessed your perfidy, I could not have believed it. After an injury so deep, and such a cruel return for my fidelity and sufferings for your sake, we are separated for ever, and reconciliation impossible.”
Here he paused, almost suffocated with grief; then suddenly advancing to her, exclaimed, “ Though you have been my destruction, may you be happy. Forgive tlie consequence of my rage, as the sight of my hopes blasted, was too much for my wounded inind, and for the moment subdued my reason.
By this parting kiss, (snatching one before she was awar) I tear you from my heart.” Emotions the most vehement and involuntary, prevented his articulating any more : he took out his handkerchief, held it some time to his eyes, then recovering himself, and darting a haughty glare of defiance at Lord Conrade, fiercely said, “ For you, my Lord, I shall
find an opportunity of resenting your treacherous alienation of that unhappy girl's affections ;” and without attending to his lordship's attempts to exculpate himself and Amelrosa, he rushed from them in an agonized transport of sorrow.
In speechless amazement, exhausted with terror and poignant grief, Amelrosa remained several minutes, till her recollection returned ; then clasping her white hands, and raising her melting eyes to heaven, faintly murmured—“ Now is the measure of my woes completed. Fate has not another misery in store for me : of every comfort at this dread hour bereft. But what do I say, sure these senses are bewildered, or I could not forget, there is one misfortune that may happen to overwhelm me with greater anguish than I have yet sustained.
“Oh, my Lord !” she exclaimed, falling on her knees to Lord Conrade. D3
Spare me yet the wretchedness of knowing, that I have been the occasion of your's or Captain Glenholme's death': convinced from the last words he uttered, that he intends sending you a challenge. Keep out of his way, that he may not be able to find you till his anger is subsided. I ask this, as a compensation for the injury you have unintentionally done me.”
Lord Conrade, excessively affected, raised her immediately from this humiliating posture, in which he could not endure to see her, and solemnly promised, that to relieve her anxiety, he would go out of town immediately to avoid Captain Glenholme, notwithstanding the repugnance he felt at behaving in this apparently cowardly manner.
This promise was like a healing balm to her lacerated feelings ; and having gratefully expressed her sense of the obligation, contintinued :-" Give my love to
Minette, and tell her I am too much agitated at present, to speak to her, and feel so ill, that the best plan I can pursue, is to hasten home. How happy I should be, if you would be just to her. She is lovely, well born, accomplished, and amiable; in fortune alone your inferior, my Lord ; therefore I hope, when yon reflect on these advantages, you will atone for your past conduct. I shall come as soon as I can to see her, though God knows what I shall risk by it; yet conscious of the purity of my intentions, I shall not relinquish the claims of humanity and friendship.” The goodness, sensibility, and noble mind of Amelrosa had never been more conspicuously evident than on this eventful day; and admiration and compassion for her sufferings, nearly vanquished his lordship’s selfish passion.
“ I shall not enter this house again, he replied, “ consequently, there will be no impropriety in your coming here ; and D 4
give me leave to ring the bell for a coach, as you cannot think of going out in such a situation without one."
Lord Conrade then procured her some vinegar to bathe her forehead, which having done, she drew her hair over it to hide the swelling, and letting her veil fall over her face, weak and trembling was supported to the coach he had procured for her, by his lordship, and in a short time conveyed to Piccadilly,