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romantic absurdity of Theodore in thus at length involved me in difficulties which hazárding liberty, and even life, by enter-compelled me to leave the city abruptly ing France during the period of revolu-land in disguise. I continued my search tidnăry excitement, when a foreigner, un: for some time in various parts of Alsace, skilled in worldly tact, was exposed to but everywhere encountered the same hahourly and imminent peril. Recollecting, zards and impediments. At length I de
however, the peculiar habits and charac
- - termined to retrace my steps to Germany, or of his sentimental friend, his irritation and to explore those districts, most fre: rapidly; subsided, and he determined to quented by the unfortunate emigrants. To o painful duties of his appointment, by fre: success, and returned about five weeks : questing the numerous and highly-polished since, discouraged and exhausted, to Wal| circle of French emigrants then ‘resident denhain, where my presence was impera"in Nuremburg. But to one long accus-tively required for some days before I tomed to the life and public amusements could proceed to your quarters in Nuremof the Prussian capital, the quiet city of burg. On the niorning after my arrival, Nuremburg was a dullabode. The months I strolled in a melancholy mood through rolled heavily by, and winter arrived and the park to a small demesne separated pissed without bringing any stirring intel-from my property by a fine grove of beech. gence to Leopold, when on a sunny morn. On this demesne are a beautiful garden gin March, his spirits were unexpect-land a large pool of water, which had been oily cheered by the arrival of a short note a favourite resort of mine in early youth, on Theodore announcing his marriage, and in which I had narrowly escaped of requesting his company that day to death, from falling out of a boat. I'eno - - tered the garden and proceeded immedi-lately to the margin of the pool, where I
seek relief from the irksome and often this object I devoted three-months without
In ten minutes or less, the delighted ba on was on horseback, and riding full stood for some time gazing on its smooth £eed to the estate of his friend, who met and glassy surface. When reminded by him on the threshold of his mansion, no the now shattered skiff of my former peloger the pale and languid youth he hadril, I was weak enough to regret that I * the previous September, but in firm had not found an early grave in those still ind suddy health, his sparkling eye and waters, and thereby been spared the se| listic step indicating that a favourablevere trials and disappointments attendant ! hange had also taken place in his habits on sensibilities acute as mine. While thus
indfeelings. Aster a córdial-greeting the friends enclosed the parlour, and Leopold, directing on impatient and searching glance for the hile, besought an introduction without solay to the matchless original of the waxfigure,” for,” he added, “to judge from of radiant looks, I will not suppose you to husband of any other woman.” o," She is gone,” said Theodore; “to see her mother in the neighbourhood, and will turn in an hour, which I will employ in ising you some, detail of my adventures incé we separated. I succeeded in ob. o ining a passport from the French minof at M., and proceeded immediately to Stasburg, where. I passed a fortnight in ouillèss; inquiries after a family named lidore. The reign of terror still preWhiled, the most distinguished families had ‘migrated; the men in power were prinilly strangers, and my inquiries were not only attended with imminent peril, but
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intently gazing on the placid element, and
been the cause of my looking so steadfast-tery day amidst the rustic memorials of the ly on the pond. Immediately conscious, dead. Gradually, however, the settled however, of the blunder, l added, in reply grief, which seemed to sit heavily on her in her leguest for an explanation, that it'voung heart, appeared to yield to my res. should ere long be given, and solicited her trained but unceasing endeavours to win
indulgence for the delay. -
her good opinion. The rosy heus of health
by some secret and heavy affliction, and
carried her to a garden bench by the pond,
shunned all mention of the French revolu-land soon succeeded in restoring her to antion. More than once I surprised her inimation, by throwing water on her face. tears, which she explainca by allusions to soon as she had recovered the power of the loss of near relatives. I observed, too, specch and self-possession, she frankly acwith surprise, that her favourite walk was knowledged that she was not insensible to to the village cemetery, and that she yo. strong and flattering regard for, one
in the habit of pnssing some portion of ev- whose family connexions and previous life
own would piobably not be withheld.
grants from Alsace, and patiently to await the course, of events-- above all, to
that her mother in precarious health, and anxious to see her daughters future happi ness and support secured by malriage. yielded to my urgent pleadings, and in
creasing influence of the Fiench govern
who had sought an asylum within the nar.
were unknown to me, and must remain so until her mother's morbid apprehensions of discovery by French spies had subsided. or until the anxiously expected arrival of her brother from Paris, would enable them to choose a residence further removed than that they occupied, from the rapidly in
ment. If, however, I would wait her brother's arrival and could obtain his and her mother's consent to our union, her A delay of some months, too, would afford to each party a better knowledge of the other, and a better sanction for the sacred and enduring bond of marriage. Meanwhile she implored me to conceal from her drooping and terrified parent, my knowledge that they were French emi
avoid any mention of her mother and her. self in Nuremburg, where the Burgomas. ters were intimidated by the rapid progress of the French armies, and wanted power to protect the unhappy fugitives,
row territory. . . - “With greatsul rapture I thanked her for this ingenous and flattering acknowl. edgement of her prepossession, and did not hesitate to promise tinlimited comp i. ance with her wishes, and deference to her mother's impaired health and spirits. But before three days had elapsed, I dis covered that my promise to submit to such indefinite delay had far exceeded my powers of performance, and anew. I pressed my suit with a persevering servour, which she resisted for some time, but at lengt. yielded her reluctant consent, that I should apply for her mother's approval of our car. ly nuptials---on condition that I should not distress her invalid parent, by inquiries concerning their original. condition, and that I and the clergyman only should wit. ness the signature of her real name to th marriage contract. It is sufficient to add,
another week. I became the happy husband of the most perfect and lovely of Women. I, should have introduced my
indeed before our union, had not she, who seems to partake her mother's exaggeraed terrors of discovery by French spies, exacted a promise that I would not reveal my altered stuation even to you: nor have l, without great difficulty, obtained this morning a remission in your favor only.” Leopold, volatile by habit, but by no means destitute of sound judgment, had sistened attentively to his friend's narrative, and, when it was concluded, he gravely shook his head. “By all that's mystical Theodore,” he began, “you were predestined to become a hero of romance —but you must excuse me if I add,” continued he, smiling, “that you must have possessed more than heroic courage, to marry a lady of unknown name and family—aprarently a proscribed fugitive— afraid to acknowledge her marriage with a man of your figure, rank, and fortune -—and to crown all, addicted to daily rambles and meditations among the tombs; to say nothing of her close resemblance to one who has been decapitated. In truth, Sir Knight ! you had done well to pause ere you tied yourself for life to so mysterious, and, I must add, suspicious a fair one. You had better taken my advice, and married the waxfigure.” In reply to this attack, his friend, too happy to feel offended, took from his bosom the miniature. portrait of his bride, and held it out to Leopold, as abundant refutation of his ungallant misgivings. The young Prussian gazed for some time on silent admiration on the beautiful countenance, to which the painter had convey. 'd a charm irresistibly potent—a life and character far beyond the power of the modeller in wax—and at length he acknowledged, that he must have been more than a hero, indeed more than human, who could have contended against the witchery of such a face and form, and he soft lustre of the most captivating eyes he had ever beheld. - At this moment a servant entered with. a note for Theodore, who read it with such obvious and rising agitation, that Leopold approached him in alarm, and took the paper offered to him by his friend, ere he fell back almost senseless on his chair. The contents ran thus:– “Farewell, my beloved husband for,
fiend Leopold to my Julia soon after, or
I trust, a short period only—a pressing
danger allows me barely time to say, that sersevering entreaties to admit him. He
circumstances beyond our controul, com was attired in black, and a man; about pel me and my poor mother to instant forty, tall, pallid, and of an appearance flight. Seek not our retreat—beware of not unprepossessing. ... He announced hin
making our absence public, and confide, self by the name of Delorme, and, soon
. I beseech you, in the love and truth of as the servant had left the room; he adyour own, your tenderly affectionate dressed me in French, with evident emo- . . . . . - Julia.” |tion, and a singular solemnity of mantier, In vain did Leopold exhaust all his “I believe, Sir, you have recently mar: powers of reasoning and consolation to tied. This abrupt inquiry discovićerted reconcile his unhappy friend to this sud-ahd pained me incxpressibly: he observed
den and singular calamity. In vain, too; it, and continued. . ‘To prevent all mis.
did he offer his own active assistance, and onceptions will you have the goodness that of his recruiting-myrmidons, to scours to inform me if these are the features of . the surrounding country in pursuit of the the lady you have married ?" While thus fugitives. Theodore declared his inten-speaking, he held out.to' me a medallion
tion to yield implicit obedience to his wife's portrait, at the sight of which I recoiled,
intreaty, that he would refrain from all at- and immediately felt for the miniature of .
tempts to discover her retreat; and Leo-Julia given to me by her mother, so per;
pold, to whom it was evident that solitude sectly was the portrait he displayed the and the mournful laxnry of musing would facsimile of mine. They were, indeed,
yield more relief to the bereaved husband evidently painted by the same halid. A than any efforts of his own to divert his length I answered his question in the affir.
thoughts, took leave of him, after exact mative. He then inquired if he'could be
ing a promise that he would not visit him permitted to see the lady, and with such
at Nuremburg, on the next or the follow-visible emotion, that I answered: some. .
ing day. what coldly, if not sternly, that, she was
On the day but one after the strange absent on a visit, and not expected for
disappearance of Julia and her mother, some time. . . -
the sympathizing Leopold was endeavour. . “I consequence of information,” he ing to relieve his depressed spirits by view-continued, “that she had been seen in the ing from his window the bustle in the vicinity of Nuremburg, I have fravelled street below, when he saw a travelling from Lorrain purposely to discover her carriage draw up to the hotel, and Wal-retreat—after a long search in every vil.
den alight from it. “What news, Theo-lage around Nuremburg, I did discover it dore ", exclaimed Leopold, as he anxious-—I saw her twice from a distance, but I had not courage to approach and speak
ly endeavoured to discover in his friend's
face some indication of better intelligence to her—I have since discovered her nar. .
than he anticipated. “News!" answered ridge to you—and I take the liberty of Theodore, mournfully,–"Alas! my good inquiring if the name of the lady was Ju- - *
Leopold, I have heard tidings of the lovely lia de Lindorf” - • *... ... ; woman I married, so strange and horrible, “Lindorf” I exclaimed in surprise
that my brain is on fire—I have lost all and alarm. I could not utter another power of thought and action, and I come word. This was the name subscribed by
to you for aid and counsel in a dilemma Julia to our marriage contract, and its which has no parallel in the fictions of ro-close affinity to the hame attributed by
mance. Hear, and believe me if you cari. the Italian to the executed original of the
... “This morning, after my return from a third visit to the deserted residence of ju-wheni saw it on the parchment. And lia's mother, I was alone in my parlour, how could this man have heard á name. revolving bitter thoughts, and all but de-revealed only to me? It was obvious termined to go in quest of my beloved su- that he had formerly known her, and I
waxfigure, had strangely disturbed the
gitive, when I was informed that a French gazed upon my strange visitor with mew
gentleman requested to see me on urgent and painful curiosity. .
business. Indisposed to see any one, I de- “Your emotion, Sir," he resumed, ‘be.
clined his visit, but was induced by his trays to me that I am not in error, and to
vity, “the frankness of your reply gives : you a claim to unreserved communication
awful conclusion, I must lead to it by
gillotined, and of my wife's singular pro
9 appalling in the oracular solemnity of
remove all farther doubt, I beg you will inform me whether the hand-writing of this manuscript is known to you,” he continued, unfolding a paper containing some French verses, written in the elegant, but peculiar and Italianized character of my wife's hand. “I could not but acknowledge the identity of the writing. “Sir," said he, with melancholy gra
from me, on a subject of deep importance to your present and future happiness. Before, however, I arrive at a strange and
some introductory remarks. Ten years back I was a reckless unbeliever in the possibility that disembodied spirits could revisit this world. I became, however, well acquainted with the celebrated Cagiostro, and was more than once admitted to a private exhibition of his extraordinasy powers. What I beheld I cannot now detail. It is sufficient to acknowledge that my unbelief, if not subdued, was maserially shaken by what I saw and heard during my intercourse with that extraorinary man, and now, if seeing is believing, I have within the last week attained a settled conviction, that departed spirits ale permitted, for mysterious purposes, to revisit this earth. I trust, Sir, that I have sidenough to prepare you, in some mea. sure,for the startling intelligence, that you are married to one who died, last August, On the scaffold!’ -
"Prone as I have been from early youth, to draw romantic conclusions from unCommon appearances—excited too by a sleepless night, by intense anxiety, by disturbing recollections of the Italian's information, that Julia de Lindorf had been
onsity, even since her marriage, to linger daily in the churchyard—still this Frenchman's story was far too monstrous for any modification of belief in the last deonnium of the eighteenth century. Yet lmust acknowledge there was something
the stranger's manner, in the livid paleoss of his countenance, and the deep black in which his tall emaciated figure
him as one far less earthly, than my be. loved and loving Julia. In short, this mys terious visitor, and his horrible story, af. fected my already exhausted spirits so powerfully, that I gasped for breath, and was unable to utter a word in reply. For some time I surveyed him in speechless . consternation, but at length my horior yielded to a rising sense of indignation, which restored the power of utterance— “‘What!' I vehemently exclaimed, that beautiful creature, with life beating in every pulse, and love glowing in every seature—a re-embodied spirit” j “The stranger sighed deeply, shrugged, his shoulders, and mournfully replied— “‘If I thought you sufficiently composed to listen to me without injurious emotion, I would relate to you the tragic incidents which brought the peel less ji. to: an untimely death.’ so “‘Proceed, Sir!” I answered, “without further preface—after hearing what I have heard, I may safely listen to anything.’ “‘You are doubtless aware,” he began, ‘that the revolutionary hurricane, which drove such numbers of Frenchmen from their native land, compelled many of those who remained to seek a temporary or permanent change of residence. Among the latter was the father of Julia de Lindorf, a man of fortune and long residence in, trasburg, which he quitted when the movements of the people became formidable to all men oft mark and opulence, and sought a retreat upon an estate he possessed about half a league from Metz. In this ancient capital of Lorrain, I inherited considerable property. I had formerly known M. de Lindorf in Strasburg. and soon as I heard that he had sixed his residence at his country-seat near Metz, I renewed the acquaintance, became a frequent visitor at his house, and a fervent admirer of his matchless daughter. My wealth and personal consideration recommended me to her parents, who persuaded Julia to receive my visits as a lover, and eventually I obtained her consent to bocome my wife, as soon as the popular cf. fervescence, which we then considered but a temporary evil, should have subsided.
was apparelled, that I began to regard Vol. III.-- 3–3.
Although I had the consent of Julia to be.