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their residence at a hotel of such magnificence, it was a novel sight to the inhabitants: the servants flocked to see who could possibly come to their house in a diligence ; at last they conjectured that most assuredly it must be some femme de chambre, who was directed to order preparations for the family of mi Lord Anglois ; and they ran with this agreeable intelligence to their master, without stopping to take the luggage from the diligence, or once considering that the person who had excited their curiosity was still standing in a large court-yard, and from cold and fatigue was nearly fainting and exhausted.

But it would be difficult to describe the servants'astonishment, when Monsieur du Crocq made his appearance, at seeing him express the most profound respect and the greatest delight when he saw the lady; ordering lights to be immediately placed in the most elegant apartments, and directing each servant to bring such

provisions as he thought would prove most agreeable to his guest.

“Mais est il possible que Madame is come alone: where be the domestic? Par adventure some accident has happened to di Voiture-et Monsieur, where be he, for I did hear dat Mademoiselle were married.'

“You are right, Monsieur du Crocq; I have been married some years, and I have three children; but my situation in life is very different now from what it was when we last met: I keep no carriage, very few servants, and those are left with my family. Colonel Mortimer now commands at Woolwich, and as in England we are fearful that the peace which we now enjoy will only prove of short duration, officers find great difficulty in procuring leave of absence from the country. I came to Brussels to endeavour to recover some of my property, but the disastrous Revolution has destroyed the most valuable part, and I fear the

little that remains I shall have great trouble in obtaining, consequently, my old friend, you will see the necessity of my frugality.• I came to your house because I have known you from a child ; but as I can no longer afford those luxuries which I formerly enjoyed, I beg that I may be shewn into a less splendid apartment. My stay here will be very short: to-morrow I shall pass with the nuos, and the day following I propose to sail for England."

“Madame cannot go to England, as only de French Packet Boat do go now, derefore it would not be right, as Madame have no servant; den I must go see you safe to Daver."

“That is impossible, Du Crocq; nevertheless I feel greatly obliged to you for your offer ; but, as I before observed, I am not in affluence, consequently I cannot make you a remuneration, therefore I am compelled to decline your kind proposal."

“ Dat cannot be, for I will go see you safe. I do think dat English gentleman do take more care of dere horse den of dere wife, for if your husband had sent a horse he would send a groom to take care of him, but he lets you come all alone.”

This observation of the innkeeper brought some disagreeable recollections to Mrs. Mortimer, which occasioned a. few tears; but, whatever cause she had for grief, she was not of a disposition to encourage unavailing regret; but perhaps she never felt more forcibly the change in her establishment than at this moment. However, she had too much good sense to make any reply to Monsieur du Crocq, but turned the conversation, by inquiring after many friends whom she had not heard from since the commencement of the Revolution ; and her feelings were frequently wounded by the recital of the sufferings which some had experienced by not embracing the cause of liberty. She was delighted at hearing that les

Dames Dominicaines resided together. Monsieur du Crocq went to inforın those ladies that one of their former pupils was arrived, and in a few minutes Mrs. Mortimer had the beart-felt satisfaction of being pressed to the bosom of St. Victoire. Those who have experienced reverse of fortune, and been separated from the friends of their youth, can alone appreciate such a meeting: they chatted of former times and present prospects, without considering that awful monitor time, and the nun was astonished to find that she had been so agreeably engaged, by referring to the past, that she had entirely forgotten the future; for on looking at her watch she found that vespers had been over above an hour, and that the usual period for her retiring to rest was also past. She regretted that she had not a bed to offer the traveller, but it was decided that during Mrs. Mortimer's stay in France she should be constantly with the nuns.

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