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and thris stillness was the more impressive; contrasted with the distant sound of music and merriment from the fair. On my return from Paris, about I could not take my eyes from the a year afterwards. I turned off from poor suppliant; her lips moved as she the beaten route at Rouen, to revisit told her beads, but her prayers were some of the most striking scenes of breathed in silence. It might have Lower Normandy. Having passed been mere fancy excited by the scene through the lovely country of the Pays that as she raised her eyes' to heaven, d'Ange, I reached Honfleur on a I thought they had an expression truly fine afternoon, intending to cross to seraphic. But I am easily affected Havre, the next morning, and embark
by female beauty, and there was some- for England. As I had no better way " thing in this mixture of love, devotion, of passing the evening, I strolled up
and partial insanity, that was inexpres- the hill to enjoy the fine prospect sibly touching.
from the chapel of our Lady of Grace; As the poor girl left the chapel, and while there, I thought of inquirthere was a sweet serenity in her looks; ing after the fate of
Annette and I was told that she would re- Delarbre. The priest who had told turn home, and in all probability be me her story was officiating at vespers, calm and cheerful for days, and even after which I accosted him, and learnt weeks ; in which time it was supposed the remaining circumstances. He told that hope predominated in her mental me, that from the time I had seen her malady; and that when the dark side at the chapel, her disorder took a sudof her mind, as her friend calls it, den turn for the worse, and her health was about to turn up, it would be rapidly declined. Her cheerful inknown by her neglecting her distaff or tervals became shorter and less frequent, her lace, singing plaititive songs, and and attended with more incoherency. weeping in silence.
She grew languid, silent, and moody She passed on from the chapel with in hermelancholy; her form was wasted, out noticing the fete, but smiling and her looks pale and discorsolate, and speaking to many as she passed. 'I it was feared she never would recover. followed her with my eyes as she de- She became impatient of all sotmds cended the winding road towards Hon- of gaiety, and was never so contented
fleur, leaning on her father's arm.as when Eugene's mother was near 34 “ Heaven” thought I “ has ever its her. The good woman watched over
store of balms for the hurt mind and her with a patient, yearning solicitude ; wounded spirit, and may in time rear and in seeking to beguile her sorrows, up this broken flower to be once more would half forget her own. Somethe pride and joy of the valley. The times as she sat looking on her very delusion in which the poor girl pallid face, the tears tould fill her walks may be one of those mists kindly eyes, which, when Annette perceived, diffused by Providence over the regions she would anxiously wipe them away, of thought, when they become too and tell her
not to grieve, for that Eufruitful of misery. The veil may gene would soon return; and then afgradually be raised which obsoutes the fect a forced gaiety, as in former times, horison of her mind, as she is enabled and sing a lively air; but a sudden steadily and calmly to contemplate the recollection would come over her, sorrows at pitsent hidden in mercy and she would burst into tears, hang from hér view,"
on the poor mother's neck, and entreat
her not to curse her for having de- might overporver, her enfoebled frame. stroyed her son.
They ventured, however, te probe Just at this time, to the astonish- those wounds which they did not dare ment of every one, news were received formerly to touch, for they now, hand of Eugene, who it appeared, was still the balm to, pour into them. They living. When almost drowned, he led the conversation to those topics had fortunately seized upon a spar which they had hitherto shunned, and which had been washed from the ship's endeavoured to ascertain the current deck. Finding himself nearly exhaus- of her thoughts, in those a varying ted, he had fastened himself to it, and moods that had formerly perplexed floated for a day and night, until all them. They found however, that her sense had left him. On recovering, mind was cyen more affected than they he found himself on board a vessel
, had imagined. All her ideas weré bound to India, but so ill, as not to be confused and wandering. Her bright able to move without assistance.- and cheerful moods, which now, grew His health had continued precarious seldomer than ever, were all the effects throughout the voyage ; on arriving in of mental delusion. At such times India he had experienced may vicis- she had no recollection of her lover's situdes, and had been transferred from having been in danger, but was only ship to ship, and hospital to hospital. anticipating his arrival.
" When His constitution had enabled him to winter has passed away," says she, struggle through every hardship ; and " and the trees put on their blossoms, he was now in a distant port, waiting and the swallow,
comes back only for the sailing of a ship to return sea, he will return,” When she was home.
drooping and desponding, it was in Great caution was necessary in im- vain to remind her of what she had parting these tidings to the mother, said in her gayer moments, and to asand eyen then she was nearly overcome sure her that Eugene would indeed by the transports of her joy. But how return shortly. She wept on in silence, to impart them to Annette was a mat- and appeared insensible to their words, ter, of still greater perplexity. Her But at times her agitation became vistate of mind had been so morbid ; olent when she would upbraid hetself she had been subject to such violent with having driven Eugene from his changes, and the cause of her derange- mother, and brought sorrow on ber ment had been of such an inconsola- grey hairs. Her mind admitted but ble and hapless a kind, that her friends one leading idea at a time which pohad always forborne to tamper with thing could divert or effaces or if they her feelings. They had never even ever succeeded in interrupting the hinted at the subject of her griefs, current of her fancy, it only became nor encouraged the theme when she the more incoherent,
increased adverted to it, but had passed it over the feverishness that preyed upon both in silence, hoping that time would mind and body. Her friends, felt gradually wear the traces of it from more alarm for her th
her recollection, or, at least would feared that her seuses were icrecoxercep tender them less painful. They now ably gone, and her constitution comefekt at a loss how to undeceive her, pletely undermined. ,79 even in her misery, lest the sudden In the mean time Eugene returned gorelecurrence of happiness might confirm to the village. He was violently 159 the enstrangement of her reason, or 'affected when the story of Annette
The next morning shie awoke languid thought, but would soon become con and exhausted. All the securrences fused. STShe would regardlevery one of the preceding day had passed away that approached her with an anxious from her mind as though they had and inquiting eye, that seemed con been the mere illusions of lier fancy. tmually to disappoint itself. She röse melancholy and abstracted, times, as her lover sat holding her and as she dressed herself was heard hand, she would look pensively in his to sing one of her plaintive ballads. face without saying a word, antit her When she entered the patlóür her heart'was "overcome ; and after these eyes were swollen with weeping transient fits of intellectual exertion She heard Eugene's voice without and she would sink again into lethargy. started. She passed her hand across By degrees this stupor increased her forehead, and stood musing like her mind appeared to have subsided one endeavouring to recall a dream. into a stagnant and almost death-lik Eugene entered the room, and advanced calm." For the greater part of the towards her; she looked at him with time het were closed her face ari eager, searching look, murmured was almost as fixed and passionless as some indistinct words, and; before he that of a corpse.' She no longer took could reach her, sank upon the floor. any notice of surrounding objects.
She relapsed into a wild and unset. There was an awfaliness in this tran theid state of mind; but now that the quillity that filled her friends with an first shock was over, the physician of- prehension. The physician "8fdered dered that Enigene should keep con- that she should be kept perfect stäntly in her sight. Sometimes she or that, if she evincedang agitatio did not know him; at other times she she should be gently killed, would talk to him as if he were going child, by some' favotirite Planeno ada to sea, and would implore him not to She remained in this state
r hours, part from her in anger; and when he hardly seeming to breath, and was not present, she would speak of rently sinking into the siden den him as if buried in the ocean', and Her chamber was profoundly 'stili. would sit, with clasped hands, looking The attendants moved about it With upon the ground, the picture of des- noiseless tread; pair. 997
municáted by signs and whispers. As the agitation of her feelings Her lover sat by her "side, watching subsided, and her frame 'recovered her with painful atixiety, aftra fearing from the shock which it had received, that every Breath that stole fraim her she became more placid and coherent
. pale lips would be her lasti Eugene 'kept almost continually near At fength she heaved a deep sigh; her. He formed the real object round and from some conchisive motions, which her scattered ideas once more appeared to be
dicroubled in her sleep gathered, and which linked them once Her agitation increased,
a accompanied more with the realities of life. But by an indistinct moaning. One of her changeful disorder now appeared her companions, reme to take a new turn. She
became physiciati's instructions, l'encleavoured languid and inert, and would sit for to Vul her by singing, iki a bw voice, hours silent, and almost in a state of a tender air, which was in particular lethargy. If roused from this stupor, favourite of Anette's. Probably it it seemed as if her mind would make had some connexion in ber-mmd, with some attempts to follow up a train of her own story; for every fond girl has
some ditty of the kind , linked in her again, and looked upon them with an thoughts with sweet and sad remem-air of the sweetest acknowledgement.
“ You are all so good to me," said emiAs she sang, the agitation of An- she, faintly. nette subsided. A streak of faint The physician drew her father aside. colour came into her cheeks, her eye- “ Your daughter's mind is restored,” lids became swollen with rising tears, said he, “ she is sensible that she has which trembled there for a moment, been deranged : she is growing conand then, stealing forth, coursed down. scious of the past, and conscious of her pallid cheek. When the song the present, all that now remains is to was finished, she opened her eyes and keep her calm and quiet until her looked about her, as one awaking in health be re-established, and then let a strange place. !
her be married in God's name." 2 Oh, Eugene ! Eugene !" said “ The wedding took place," conshe, it seems as if I have had a long tinued the good priest, “ but a short and dismal dream : what has happend, time since; they were here at the last
and what has been the matter with me? fete during the honey-moon, and a sri The questions were embarrassing; handsomer and happier couple was and before they could be answered, not to be seen as they danced under the physician, who was in the next yonder trees. The young man, his room, entered. She took him by the wife and mother, now live on a fine hand, looked up in his face, and made farm, at port l'Eveque ; and that od the same inquiry. He endeavoured model of a ship which you see yonder, - to put her off with some evasive an- with white flowers wreathed round it, SWEE
no, no!” cried she, “I is Annette's offering to our Lady of - know I've been ill, and I have been Grace, for having listened to our 24 dreaming strangely. I thought Eu- prayers, and protected her lover in the - 1 gene
had left us and that he had hour of peril. - gone to sean and that, and that 2 he was drowned! But he has been a to sea!" added she earnestly as re
THE CONVENT OF ST. collection kept flashing upon her,"
BERNARD.**34,43 Soe and he has been wrecked, and we
Iso wretched ; and he came The lives of the Monks of the cehome again one bright morning, and lebrated Convent of St. Bernard are to seah!” said she, pressing her hand passed in spiritual and temporal actitan against her forehead with a sickly smile, vity; and the common reproaches of
I see how it is; all has not been monkish ease and indulgence would ni right here, I begin to recollect, but be very ill applied to their little com
it is all past now,-Eugene is here ! munity. This is no place where two and his mother is happy and we slumber abbots purple as their vines." or shall never-never part again,shall The climate is so severe that none but yld we Eugene?
young men can support its rigour;: of onia Shesuk back in herchair exhausted; the thirty or thirty five monks of the aw the tears streamed down her cheeks. establishment, we found about fifteen
Her companions hovered round her, resident ; scarcely three of these were - Sopot knowing what to make of this above the age of thirty. The superior,
sudden dawn of reason. Her lover who is a venerable and dignified old 110,$obbed aloud. She opened her eyes man, was only there by accident : a
o were all