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the faithful secrecy of my dear Pekuah, will always be more missed, as I shall live longer to see vice and folly.”
“ The state of a mind oppressed with a sudden calamity, said Imlac, is like that of the fabulous inhabitants of the new created earth, who, when the first night came upon them, supposed that day would never return. When the clouds of sorrow gather over us, we see nothing beyond them, nor can imagine how they will be dispelled : yet a new day succeeded to the night, and sorrow is never long without a dawn of ease. But they who restrain themselves from receiving comfort, do as the fa. vages would have done, had they put out their eyes when it was dark. Our minds, like our bodies, are in continual Aux; something is hourly lost, and something acquired. To lose much at once is inconvenient to either, but while the vital powers remain uninjured, nature will find the means of reparation. Distance has the same effect on the mind as on the eye, and while we glide along the stream of time, whatever we leave behind us is always lefening, and that which we approach increasing in magnitude. Do not suffer life to stagnate; it will grow muddy for want of motion : commit yourself again to the current of the world; Pekuah will va. nish by degrees; you will meet in your way some other favourite, or learn to diffuse yourself in general conversation.”
“ At least, said the prince, do not despair before all remedies have been cried: the enquiry after the unfortunate lady is still continued, and shall be carried on with yet greater diligence, on condition
you will promise to wait a year for the event, without any unalterable resolution.”
Nekayah thought this a reasonable demand, and made the promise to her brother, who had been advised by Iimlac to require it. Imlac had, indeed, no great hope of regaining Pekuah, but he supposed, that if he could secure the interval of a year, the princess would be then in no danger of a cloilter.
CHA P. XXXV.
PEKUAH IS STILL REMEMBERED.
THE PROGRESS OF
NEKAYAII, seeing that nothing was omitted for
the recovery of her favourite, and having, by her promile, fet her utention of retirement at a distance, began imperceptibly to return to common Cares and common pleasures. She rejoiced without her own content at the suspension of her forrows, and fonctimes caught herself with indignacion in the act of turning away her mind from the remembrance of her, whom yet the resolved never to forget.
She then appointed a certain hour of the day for meditacion on the merits and fondness of Pekuah, and for some weeks retired constantly at the time fixed, and returned with her eyes fwollen and her countenance clouded. By degrees the grew less fcrupulous, and suffered any important and pressing avocation to delay the tribute of daily tears. She then yielded to less occasions; sometimes forgot what she was indeed afraid to remember, and, at
last, wholly released herself from the duty' of periodical afiction.
Her real love of Pekuah was yet not diminished. A thousand occurrences brought her back to memory, and a thousand wants, which nothing but the confidence of friendship can supply, made her frequently regretted. She, therefore, solicited Imlac never to desist from enquiry, and to leave no art of intelligence untried, that, at least, she might have the comfort of knowing that she did not suffer by negligence or Nuggishness. " Yet what, said she, is to be expected from our persuit of happiness, when we find the state of life to be such, that happiness itself is the cause of misery? Why should we endeavour to attain that, of which the possession cannot be secured ? I shall henceforward fear to yield my heart to excellence, however bright, or to fondness, however tender, left I should lose again what I have lost in Pekuah."
THE PRINCESS HEARS NEWS OF PEKUAH.
IN seven months, one of the messengers, who had
been sent away upon the day when the promise was drawn from the princess, returned, after many unsuccessful rambles, from the borders of Nubia, with an account that Pekuah was in the hands of an Arab chief, who poffeffed a castle or fortress on the extremity of Egypt. The Arab, whose revenue was plunder, was willing to restore her, with her two attendants, for two hundred ounces of gold.
The price was no subject of debate. The prince's was in extasies when the heard that her favourite was alive, and might fo cheaply be ranfomed. She could not think of delaying for a moment Pekuah's happiness or her own, but entreated her brother to send back the messenger with the sum required. Imlac being consulted, was not very confident of the veracity of the relator, and was still more doub:ful of the Arab's faith, who might, if he were too liberally trusted, detain at once the money and the captives. He thought it dangerous to put them. felves in the power of the Arab, by going into his district, and could not expect that the Rover would 1o much expoļe himself as to come into the lower country, where he might be seized by the forces of the Bafla.
It is difficult to negociate where neither will truf. But Imloc, afier fome deliberation, directed the meilinger to propole that Hekuah should be con. cucted by ten hortemen to the monastery of St. Antony, which is situated in the deserts of Upper-Fgyrt, where the should be met by the same number, and her ranion should be paid.
That no time might be loft, as they expected that the proposal would not be refused, they imme. diately began their journey to the monastery; ani, when they arrived, Inlac went forward with the former meffenger to the Arab's fortress. Raflelis vis desirous to go with themi; but neither his fier ror Imac would content. The Arab, according to the cuslom of his nation, observed the laws of liopitality with great exactness to those who put thenfelves into his power, and, in a few dats,
brought Pekuah with her maids, by easy journies, to the place appointed, where receiving the stipudated price, he restored her with great 'respect to liberty and her friends, and undertook to conduct them back towards Cairo beyond all danger of robbery or violence.
The princess and her favourite embraced each other with transport too violent to be expressed, and went out together to pour the tears of tenderness in secret, and exchange professions of kindness and gratitude. After a few hours they returned into the refectory of the convent, where, in the presence of the prior and his brethren, the prince required of Pekuah the history of her adventures.
CHA P. XXXVII.
THE ADVENTURES OF THE LADY PEKUAH.
T what time, and in what manner, I was
forced away, said Pekuah, your servants have told you. The suddenness of the event struck me with surprise, and I was at first rather stupified than agitated with any passion of either fear or forrow. My confusion was increased by the speed and tumult of our flight, while we were followed by the Turks, who, as it seemed, foon despaired to overtake us, or were afraid of those whom they made a shew of menacing.
" When the Arabs saw themselves out of danger they Nackened their course, and as I was less harassed by external violence, I began to feel more uncaliness in my mind. After some time we topped