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tually to observe her commands, respecting the purchases she had made for Emmeline, and attended her to the coach, which she got into with weeping eyes.
Amelrosa did not take any nourishment during the remainder of the day, but continued to mourn incessantly for the loss of her beloved friend; while the increased forlornness of her situation forcibly occurred to her afflicted mind : though with her at that moment, it was an inferior consideration ; and could Lady Archdale have been restored to life, she would have been content, she thought, to encounter the severest misery
Since she had been out, the intelligence of Lady Archdale's death had reached Mrs. Stanhope, and hastily spreading throughout the house, came to the ears of the affectionate Lucy, who being well acquainted with the friendship her ladyship bad for Amelrosa ; and learning from the footman,
she came home very dejected, and looked as if she had been crying, hastened to offer her humble consolation, and endeavored to persuade her to take some refreshment, as she appeared quite exhausted : but her kind persuasions could not prevail. She came up as frequently as her occupations would permit, to see her, and in the evening informed her, that Mr. Melville, apothecary to the late Lady Archdale, wished to speak with her. Amelrosa, who highly respected him, and imagined he had some interesting information relative to her dear friend, to communicate, de ired he might be shewn into her dressing-room.
He was shocked on his entrance, at the striking alteration in her person for the worse ; and attiibuting it entirely to affliction for the loss of her ladyship, (being iger norant of the dreadful and unexpected manner in which she was informed of her misfortune,) attempted to comfort her, But when she imparted to him, the sudden
and unprepared surprise she had received, he was quite astonished ; and expressing his concern, assured her, he had concluded that Denham, or some other of Lady Archdale's numerous servants, who were all in town, or Mr. Kennedy, would have acquainted her, either personally or by letter, of the melancholy event, so important to her, that had taken place. An idea of their acting so neglectfully and void of feeling, never suggested itself, or he would himself have been the messenger of the mournful tidings, having merely called at present, supposing she had received proper information, to offer his compliments of condolance.
“ Though my knowledge of the world, my dear Sir," replied Amelrosa, “ is not very extensive, yet the little I have seen of it, is sufficient to convince me, that now the object is no more, that occasioned the civilities I received from every one, whose
interest it was to be attentive to me, to attain favor with her ladyshin, I shall from that moment, be forsaken and neglected, as a person of little estimation ; and is it not an illustration of what I have advanced, that not one of the servants, who formerly looked up to me with homage, have had consideration or respect enough, to acquaint he with an event so peculiarly interesting to ine. From you alone, on whom I had no claim, have I received politeness. Will you increase the obligation, by gaining what intelligence you can for me, respecting Lady Archdale's will, as I feel myself very unpleasantly situated in this house, from having been troubled with rudeness and unkindness, and am therefore anxious to quit it; but wish first to know my expectations from her ladyship; that valued. friend, before she left London, omitting to supply me with money as usual, which causes me to be extremely embarrassed. being nearly destitute ; for
the greater part of the few guineas I possess, must be paid away.”
Mr. Melville expressed the compassion he really felt for her situation ; and promising to give her the earliest information respecting the will, took his leave ; and Amelrosa, whose spirits were renovated by his presence, at his departure again yielded to the-most acute sorrow.