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The next morning sheawoke languid thought, but would soon become con and exhausted. All the occurrences fused, she would regard every one of the preceding day had passed away that approached her with an from her mind as though they had and inquiring eye, that seemed conbeen the mere illusions of lier fancy. tinually to disappoint itself. She rose melancholy arid abstracted, times, as her love? dat bolding 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,"antil her When she entered the parlour her heart was overcome; and after the eyes were swollen with weeping.ee transient "fits of intellectual exertion, She heard Eugene's voice without and she would sink again into lethargy. started. She passed her hand across si By degrees this her forehead, and stood musing like her mind appeared to have subsided one endeavouring to recall a dream. into a stagnant and almost death-lif Eugene entered the room, and advanced calmas For the towards her; she looked at him with time her eyes were closed.; "her face an eager, searching look, murmured was almost as fixed and passionless as some indistinct words, and, before he that of a corpse. She no longer could reach her, sank upon the floor. any notice of surrounding objects.
She relapsed into a wild and unset. There was an awfuluess in his tran tled state of mind; but now that the quillity that filled her friends with
aard first shock was over, the physician or-prehension. The physicfan-Eidered dered that Engene should keep con- that she should be kept perfectly quiet ; stantly in her sight. Sometimes she or that, if she evinced ang agitation did not know him; at other times she she should be gently, Fulled, like a would talk to him as if he were going child, by some favořilite ime.
Sono sda to sea, and would implore him not to She remained in this state for honr
, part from her in anger; and when he hardly seeming to breath, and Tappa! was not present, she would speak of rently
sinking mto the sidep of death, him as if buried in the ocean, and Her chamber was profoundly stai:28 would sit, with clasped hands, looking The attendants moved about it with upon the ground, the picture of des- noiseless tread, every thing was compair. animos 998 municated by signs and whi
whispers. So As the agitation of her feelings Her lover sat by her side, watching subsided, and her frame recovered her with painful anxiety, and fearing from the shock which it had received, that every breath that stole fram her she became more placid and coherent. pale lips would be her las mula sa Eugene kept almost continually near At fength she heaved a deep.sigh; her. He formed the real object round and from some convulsive motions, which her scattered ideas once more appeared to be troubled in her sleepgathered, and which linked them once Her agitation increased, accompanied more with the realities of life. But by an indistinct
cta moaning. One of her changeful disorder now appeared her companions, reme to take a new turn. She became physician's instructions, endeavoured languid and inert, and would sit for to full her by singing, in a bow voice, hours silent, and almost in a state of a tender air, which was particular "lethargy. If roused from this stupor, favourite of Ammette's!! Probably it it seemed as if her mind would make | had some connexion in her mind, 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. brances.
“ You are all so good to me," said . As 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." 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
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 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, swer", 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 dreaming strangely. I thought Eu- prayers, and protected her lover in the gere had left us;- and that he had hour of peril. gone to say and that, and that he was drowned! But, he has been to sea!" added she earnestly as re
THE CONVENT OF ST. collection kept flashing upon her,"
BERNARD. " and he has been wrecked, and we were all so wretched and he came The lives of the Monks of the cehome again one bright morning.---and lebrated Convent of St. Bernard are zah!,” said she, pressing her hand passed in spiritual and temporal actiagainst 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 i.. 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
and his mother is happy-and we “slumber abbots purple as their vines." cf shall nevers--never part again,shall The climate is so severe that none but we Eugene?".
young men can support its rigour: of 9911. She sunk back in herchair exhausted; the thirty or thirty five monks of the
the tears streamed down her cheeks. establishment, we found about fifteen - Her companions hovered roumd her, resident ; scarcely three of these were -Supot 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 1,$obbed aloud. She opened her eyes man, was only there by accident : a
general chapter having been held the tion has been quite inacessible to the day before. He ordinarily resides at monks themselves, they have frequentMartigny in the valley. Even the ly dragged frozen persons over the young men are frequently affcted with shows to their masters, by whose timely cramps, rheumátisins, and other dis- care they have been restored to lifes orders. The superintendance of the A magnificent dog, from the St. Bere temporal affairs and duties of the es- nard, is preserved stuffed in the Mus tablishment finds ample ployment seum'at Berne, who is said to have for a large number. Their rents (now been the means of saving the lives of dreadfully diminished) are to be re- twenty eight individuals. Unhappily, ceived-provisions laid in--wood these noble creatures suffer, like their fetched from the forests in the valley: masters, from the severity of their lives twenty or thirty horses are generally and labours. They are short-livedy employed in these labours. Strangers and old age soon comes upon them! are to be lodged and provided accord- A dog of seven or eight years, the ing to their rank and appearance,-se- Superior informed as is generally inven or eight thousand persons are firm and disabled. At the hour of computed to pass the St. Bernard in a supper we met all the monks in the year, the greater part of whoin spend refectory, and were presented to the the night at the Convent ; and above Superior, an interesting man, thín' in all, during seven or eight months of person, somewhat bowed in years, the year, several of the monks and wearing the collar and cross of his servants of the establishment are em- dignity over the ordinary garb of the ployed in the humanė and perilous Convent, and whose manners and conoffice of exploring the most dangerous versation had a grace and refinement and difficult passages among the gla- which rendered his good senseand intels ciers and snows in quest of distressed ligent remarks peculiarly interesting, as travellers. The celebrated dogs, which our visit happened unluckily on a Fri-they use on these expeditions, are in- day, we were not able to form a fair estideed noble animals. We saw two or mate of the Convent kitchen Soups, three stalking about the Convent in omelettes, and other dishes of eggs temporary repose. They are large, and vegetables, formed the bill of fare, strong and muscular, short-haired, and which to say the truth, was not of the of a dull sandy colour, with black most satisfactory kind to travellers who muzzles and thick heads, resembling had rode ten long leagues on mules, both a Newfoundland dog and an and found themselves, at the end of English mastiff, with a character of their journey, in a climate of a most. great strength and sagacity. They animating rarity. An agreeable wine carry, in their perambulations, a bas- from the vineyards of the Convent in ket furnished with provisions and the Vallais, called the St. Bernard wine, woolen elothes, which seasonable com- was a pleasant accompaniment to our forts have often been the means of lenten ; and the conversation of the saving the lives of half-frozen and fa- Superior and his brethren, agreeably mished sufferers. They have a quick enlivered our potations. About nine scent, and are easily attracted to the o'clock the Superior withdrew, and we spot where a human being lies. Their presently retired to our chambers, sitnatural sagacity is improved by train- uated in a vast gloomy corridor, run- , ing; and they either lead their mas- ning the whole length of the building, ters to the place, or, where its situa- I divided in the middle by a heavy iron
grille, and adorned with old dusty occurred to a German student, or a pictures of a long line of superiors, young lady well-read in Mrs. Radcliffe). priors, protecting popes, and princely I can only ascribe in part to bodily benefactors of the house. Ny bed- fatigue, and in part to that provoking room was 'a spacious lofty chamber, scepticism which has hitherto marred with double casements, a wainscot all my efforts to see a ghost. hung closely with fresh pictures of I awoke early next morning, and mitred, croziered, anul cassocked went to mass in the chapel situated at churchmen, frowning in all the stiff one end of the long corridor. It is a outlines of the sixteenth century; and neat handsome little building, with a a lofty bed of nearly the same date, decent organ--one of the monk's perwith heavy red maroon hangings, and formed mass, and several others atvallances, whose old-fashioned solidity tended. Three Vallaisanne girls, dress I found extremely serviceable in fenc- sed in the singular costume of the ing out the cold of the apartment. A canton, attended the service, having few old Latin volumes of Theology come up to the Convent for a day to were ranged on a shelf, and a fine mo- see a relation among the monks, and dern telescope of Dollond's was placed to gratify their curiosity as to this won
a stand, which appeared, from the der of the neighbourhood. On one inscription, to have been presented by side of the chapel is placed a simple an English general officer to the Con- and elegant marble monument to the vent. * No chamber in the Castle of memory of General Dessaixa sinOtranto-could possibly have been, ingular place of repose for the ashes of all respects, a more fitting scene for an a French republican General and the encoumter with a bleeding nun, or the bosom friend of Napoleon-Dessaix shade of a departed prior. As I lay fell at the battle of Marengo, at the down, and drew the maroon curtains head of the victorious army which he very close round the bed, I could not and Napoleon had just conducted over help thinking - If ever I am to be the St. Bernard. The army consisted gratified with a spectral visit, for of 50,000 men, with fifty-eight pieces which so many have sighed, this is of cannon. On commencing the ascertaily - the time and placeseven cent, every soldier was provided with thousand feet nearer heaven than my a supply of biscuit for three days, and friends in England many leagues each man received a draught of wine from the abodes of man under a roof on passing the Convent. At St. which has weathered the alpine blast Pierre the cannon were dismounted and the avalanche for three centuries and drawn on sledges: it being imgrey friars and pale nuns, in effigy, all possible to use horses, forty four men around me, and pethaps the troubled were employed in dragging each piece spirits of the poor beings who bleach to the summit of the passage. Naon the rocks without sepulture, fitting poleon and his Staff passed one night about in the winds which moan against at the Convent. The monks describe the casement." If I see no ghost here ed their sufferings during the constant I am certainly ghost-proof. "That I passage of the armies as beyond all i did see none, that I slept soundly, conception. For one year, a garrison undistuurbed by many ominous rattling of one hundred and eighty men was of the casement, or rustling of the old constantly stationed in the Convent ; pictures (which must infallibly have and sometimes not less than eight
hundred men were crainmed into the pendence, small taxes, paternal governcells and chambers for several days to- ment, and his consequence in the gether.
Canton council. Certainly there canAlthough there is no kind or shade not be better or surer foundations for: of picturesque charm, which an 'ex- patriotism than these--and it would ploring traveller does not find in the be absurd to expect any people to forAlpine scenery, from the pretty simple get these excellent reasons for loving home view, full of peace, and love, and their country, and to doat upon it onrustic repose, to the wildest magni- ly for its barren rocks and frozen ficence of overpowering nature ; and mountains ; but the Swiss appear to's its scenes are not merely to be visited love its comforts alone, and to have no ; and wondered at, but to be dwelt upon, soul for its beautięsa You find per
} contemplated, and inhabited ; yet it is sons who have passed their lives with singular to see how either habit or in fifty miles of Mont Blanc, and have phlegmatic temperament, or both, fre- never visited Chamounix; and half quently render the Swiss indifferent to the people of Berne have never taken its charms, and indeed to those of the trouble to travel forty miles to see their country in general. They appear the Glaciers of Grindenwald and the to me to possess singularly little en- Jungfray. The mal du pays; ot home thusiasm. ' You scarcely find one per- sickness, which affects a Swiss, in so ready son in twenty, among the cultivated markable a manner, when out of his own" classes, who has explored much of country, appears little connected with his country, or who takes any warm any ardent recollections of its sublime interest in its curiosities and beauties. scenes. It is a yearning for the snug A German, from his dull sandy plains, secure comforts, the little, tranquil, and certainly an Englishman who primitive habits of life, so contrasted never saw a mountain higher than the with the bustle and turmoil of greater Brighton Downs, is far more alive to countries. It is not the wild moun.. : grandeur of scenery than these moun- taineer sighing for his bleak but native ...19 taineers. I cannot think that habit rocks, but the sober thriving peasant,". and use make the difference. A or burgher, regretting his re publicary Highlander has none of this phlegm: comforts and consequence, and longue he loves his mountains and glens for ing to fly from aristocratical splendour their own beauties, as well as because and noise, to the confined circle of his they are the home of him and his an- ordinary pursuits and homely pleasures. cestors : he is proud to shew his crags It is the household gods, not the troand lakes to strangers, and feels a po- phies of the republic, or the sublimi etical and enthusiastic attachment to ties of nature, to which he is attached... every wild scene of his native land. Do not imagine that I wish to un'im I have seldom seen any of this glow dervalue the sober patriotism of the and romance in an inhabitant of Swit. Swiss-their history for five centuries, a, zerland. He is a good patriot, and is its best eulogium. It is not the ! attached to his canton and the con- less constant or sincere for being like federacy; but it is a staid phlegmatic, all their sentiments singularly reflected": and calculating feeling, connected with and unimpassioned. no romantic love of its alps, and lakes, and mountain-circled valleys, but built Unknown those powers that raise the soul upon the sober bases of home and its Catch every nerve, and vibrate through the comforts_his snug cottage, his inde- frame,