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vered incessantly. “ Des Pesses, too,” | to believe that what tormented him she said, “has importuned me with were morbid scruples. After which offers of his services, and I have had I placed Rose's letter in his hand. others who annoyed me, whom you do "See,” I said, “if anything can excuse not know.'
you for not taking the means placed in “I am becoming,” her letter ended, your power for her deliverance ?" and more miserable.
Oh ! The letter so greatly affected him brother, can you not find me some asy- that he said no more in opposition to lum, some convent which would not my wishes. Before leaving the prison refuse to shelter a girl so utterly aban- the jailer told me that both he and the doped, and would offer an asylum to messenger of state had been paid in her virtue, and her honor ? Patrick full. has forsaken me, no doubt. I have It was by Sara's order. Patrick, in never heard from him since he left me. the midst of his grief, could not reHe has cast off an unwelcome burden, frain from expressing his sense of her and has gone to seek service in some thoughtfulness and generosity. We foreign court. George is in prison ; went at once to her. A priest whom I nothing is left me but my honor, and had sent for was to be in readiness. the hope I have in Heaven."
Dilnich and I were to be the only perShe gave me her address and begged sons present. me to write at once to her.
Sara was a little disconcerted when Op receiving this letter I was fortu- we entered. She blushed deeply, and nately alone. I fell on my knees, but Patrick was no less embarrassed. I could not pray. Nothing seemed dis- hastened to put an end to this. tinct. I shed a flood of tears, and then presenting to you my brother,” I said words came to me in which to suppli- to Sara, “I bring you one who is yours cate him who is the father of the already by all kinds of right; and it fatherless, for that poor child, Earl will be his happiness to find his duty C's beloved daughter, now reduced combine with his most tender inclinato labor with her own hands for the tions. What you have done for him bread she ate !
and the favors he has received alI went back to the Castle. It was ready, unite you by ties as strong as nine o'clock. I wanted to pay all dues marriage ; it needs only the Church's to the jailer, and to deliver Patrick blessing to hallow them. This day, I from prison without touching the trust,” I added, looking at Sara, money of Sara, but unhappily, I found call you my sister-in-law.” I had not enough left to settle the Sara did not speak. She bowed her jailer's bill in full. He consented to head. I had not yet given Patrick a take my word.
chance to open his lips, but now he I entered Patrick's chamber. I told addressed a few kind words to her, him Sara Fincer was in Dublin. " She polite rather than affectionate, but exis auxiously expecting,” I said, “to pressing a wish that a little more time see you.
She came last evening to might be allowed him to prove that he bring us further help.” Patrick in- deserved her goodness. terrupted me.
66 Tell me no more,” I dreaded delay. I turned to Dilhe said, “I see what her generosity has nich, asking him if he did not think forced me to. My love I cannot give the marriage should take place at once. her, my hand I may. I acknowledge He was, of course, of my opinion, and all her excellencies, and feel ashamed the priest I had sent for arriving at of being so unworthy. A man is not that moment with his two acolytes, I master of his own affections. If I took Sara's hand and placed it in that marry her she will be unhappy. Do of Patrick. He looked at me with piteyou think it right to bring upon her ous eyes. To give him courage I said : such a misfortune ?" I exhorted him “ Think how pleased Rose will be to at much length to consider his honor,' hear of your marriage.”
A few words made them man and to himself. His wife was full of the wife. I was full of joy, and thanked most tender cares for him. Touched God for having permitted the accom- by her solicitude, no doubt, he took plishment of my wishes.
one of her hands, and kissed it respectWhatever might be Patrick's feel- fully. The doctors whom we called in, ings, he was too much a gentleman said he was in a high fever. They not to accept the obligations of his attributed it to his having ventured too situation ; he kissed his wife after the soon into the open air after having ceremony; and as for her, she looked come out of prison. They ordered him radiantly happy. It was necessary to to stay in bed, where he was not to be have some law papers drawn up to con- disturbed for some hours. firm the religious marriage, and Sara Reassured by this opivion we went insisted that not only should all her back to the dining-room, but so great property, so far as possible, be made was my anxiety that I took an early over to her husband, but she even opportunity of returning to his chamoffered him her keys.
ber. I made no excuses to the comDilnich then insisted that we must pany, nor would I suffer Sara to dine with him to celebrate the occasion. accompany me. He asked, with the bride's consent, Patrick, as I entered, gave a deep three of his friends to join us. When sigh. I kept silence, but, finding that
I they arrived they were accompanied, to he would not speak, at last I began by my great astonishment, by no less a saying that I trusted no bad conseperson than Lord Lynch. He at once quences would ensue from his fainting embraced Patrick with great demon- fit. He stopped me, and speaking in strations of friendship. He said he had a low voice, said : “ The consequences been several days in Dublin, and, hear- I apprehend have nothing to do with ing of what was going on from friends my health and my life. I have offered of Dilnich, he had asked permission to up both. Heaven must do with them accompany them, and to assure us that what it will.” 6 Hush ! " I said. nothing in the past had impaired his ten while I exhort you."
“Spare feelings of regard.
me," he replied. “I repeat that I We placed ourselves at table. Even have sacrificed myself to your views, to Patrick seemed to lend himself to the your wishes, and to the interests of my general gaiety. Dilnich was very lively, family. What can you ask more ? :) and, when the wine had circulated, “But Sara,” I resumed,
surely you Lord Lynch took upon himself to say will find in Sara a wife Again that the bridegroom was indebted to be interrupted me. " I shall faithfully him in part for his present happiness, perform all that I have promised you and that he congratulated himself upon with regard to her,” he said. "I shall his share in bringing this marriage respect her, for I know her worth. I about. His allusions were not under- admire her goodness not less than you stood by Sara, but I saw Patrick change do, and I acknowledge her charms ; color, and I tried to turn the conversa- all that gratitude and attention to her tion. A few moments after Patrick wishes can do shall be hers. It was rose and left the room. I followed for you, who insisted on uniting us, to him, hoping to bring him back, after tell her how little I could give. My strengthening his courage by a brief share in what has taken place was exhortation. All the guests, however, blind submission. I have given myself followed me, fearing my brother was for the interests and honor of my famseriously ill. We found him sitting, ily. I told you what you were doing. with his face buried in his hands. We And more,” he added, in a low tone of gathered round him. He tried to rise indifference, “it is for you to assume but sank unconscious on the floor. the responsibility of your own acts.
We raised him, and applied restora- All is yours. If you have led Sara to tives. It was not long before he came I expect more than I have promised,
more than I can give, it is for you to ances of his sincere affection, offering undeceive her. Tell her I am gloomy, me complete control over all his propmelancholy, and morose ; but add that erty in Ireland, to do what I liked with I shall always treat her with respectful it. I thanked Lord Lynch for his consideration. That is all she can ex- frankness, and for the regard he enterpect, and all I promised you."
tained for my sister. I said I was on thunderstruck. I could not the eve of going to Paris myself to look see anything wrong in what I had after the affairs of Rose, that I had done. I had had the best of motives. great influence with her, and that no Before I could answer I heard Sara at doubt she would listen to my advice in the door, and thinking that her tender- what concerned her marriage. I could ness might be what was best for him not, however, conceal from Lord Lynch at such'a moment, I went out and left that I was much troubled by what he them alone.
told me about a hole in the wall. He Lord Lynch took the earliest oppor-answered that he had left a respecttunity of speaking alone to me. After able woman in charge whom he had telling me what I already knew con- engaged as maid to wait on Rose, and cerning Rose, he added, that after he to be present at their marriage. He had discovered her retreat, she had had also lodged his servants in the refused to see him, or to accept any neighborhood with orders to watch her succor from his hand. He had then house, and see that no harm came taken a lodging next door to the house to lier. But I was hardly reassured. that she was in, and had secured a Lord Lynch wanted to speak to room adjacent to the one she occupied. Patrick, but I assured him I would He had made an auger-hole through rather do so myself. I found Sara sitthe wall that divided them, and was ting by his bed with her hand in his. not only able to watch her when she I told him Lord Lynch's story. Sara thought herself alone, but could by a indignant that Rose should be violent shove knock down the parti- watched in secret, and carried off tion. He had resolved to do this — to against her will. “You would be carry her off
- and had everything cruel," she cried, “should you consent prepared for the abduction, thinking it to such a thing, or should you marry was no cruelty to a young girl to com- Rose to any one against her will. I pel her to exchange poverty for wealth know Lord Lynch is rich — but what and happiness. But on the eve of his have riches to do with happiness? enterprise he had been seized with Rose is my sister now. Bring her scruples, and dreaded lest he should back to Ireland. Let her live with us. bring dishonor by his act on our family I ask it,” she said, turning to Patrick, or his own. He therefore determined" as the first favor I have ever sought not to act without obtaining her from you." brother's sanction. He had gained So my journey was fixed for the permission to see George in prison, next day, and Sara insisted upon furwho, after telling him that for his owu nishing the necessary funds. Lord part he would gladly see him the hus- Lynch announced his intention of goband of his sister, added that, with ing with me, but before my departure, regard to the plan proposed, he would I took a moment when I was alone say nothing, the decision must rest with Patrick to renew my exhortations, with Patrick and with me. It was to but he implored me not to aggravate secure our assent that Lord Lynch had his sufferings, and to spare him words. abandoned affairs of pressing impor- "I cannot,” he said, “repulse Sara tance in France, and had come to Dub- when she is trying to do everything for lin. He brought a letter from George, me. I can only hope that such tendersimply saying, that he gave his consent ness and complaisance as I can show to a marriage between his sister and will satisfy her.” Lord Lynch ; and he sent me assur- It seemed to me indeed useless at
that time to say more. I could only | cealed this affair from all of us. And confide him and his wife to him whose who could be the happy lover whom hand can alone set right what none she preferred to Des Pesses, to Lord other can ; but before I left, Patrick, Lynch, to the duke, who at least was to my surprise, sent for me. “Alas ! ” an accomplished man of the world ? I he said, “I must confide to you now was trying to think who he could poswhat I have hitherto kept from you. sibly be as I sat in my own lodgings, Des Pesses is not in Paris. He was when my servant informed me that a my true friend, devoted to my service. gentleman asked leave to speak to me. I had told him in confidence all my He would not give his name, and said relations with Mademoiselle de L-, bis person was unknown to me. and he has gone to Germany to find “He entered, and his appearance out where her father has taken ber. was in his favor. He began by asking Should he succeed, I promised him by what right I had taken a letter from my good offices with Rose. I thought his servant. I answered that I had a I should be able to advance his suit, right to know anything that concerned for she had liked him greatly until Mademoiselle de CZ, as I was her George persuaded her that he was not brother. He excused himself at once a fit match for her. But Rose's indif- for the tone he had taken in putting ference when I spoke of Des Pesses, the first question, and then began to made me at last suspect that some one speak of Rose. He congratulated me else night have secured her interest. on being the brother of so charming a One day, when I had gone earlier to the person. convent than usual, I found a servant 66"Yes,' I answered, she is young out of livery standing at the gate. I and attractive, but she is also entitled asked him what he was there for. He to respect by her birth and by her virtold me he was waiting for some wote tue.' or message from a lady who was board- «•I quite agree with you,' replied ing at the convent, and to whom he the stranger; but I am not here on had just sent in a letter. "Is it Made- my own account, but on that of anmoiselle de C—?' It was. • Very other.' So saying, he rose, and withgood,' I answered; “I shall keep your out giving me his name, or that of his secret.' But when he had received principal, he left me, refusing to be achis answer, and was at a short distance companied to the door. from the convent, my servant and I, “I naturally lost no time in queswho had followed him, made him give tioning my sister. Rose is frankness up the letter.
itself. She offered to tell me every" It said : "I will never listen to any thing. But first,' she said, casting proposals, even from you, which would her eyes down, since you know him, be unbecoming to my station or my brother, tell
his name.' This birth. Never renew such offers if you strange question, which I could not wish me to retain the good opivion I answer, made me more anxious than have of you. Have I not done enough before. for you in disclosing what I now re- "She told me that at the first ball gret? Wait patiently for better times. she went to with the duke and with Then I will respond to you without George, she had met a gentleman who cause for self-reproach. But till then at first sight pleased her; she, howit is your duty not to make an ill use of ever, had thought little more of him your knowledge of the feelings I en- until after George had removed ber tertain for you, or of my present posi- from your care, when she found him by tion.'
her side at church. He whispered to “I was perfectly amazed. My first her that he was not there by chance, feeling was astonishment at the care and owned the sentiments with which with which a girl, open-hearted as I she had inspired him. She said she had always considered Rose, had con-' had done wrong to listen to him, but
all be said had given her confidence. stand," I said. And after a further However, when she told him that her conversation, which threw no light on hand must depend on the consent of the name, station, or fortune of the her brothers, he answered sadly that stranger, I left her, determined to find tbere was au obstacle in the way of him out. his declaring himself at present; all he “I placed two men near the convent could do was to make known to her his gate, with orders to send me word at sentiments in secret, and endeavor to once if any one enquired for my sister. make such an impression on her as I stayed in my own house, hoping to might induce her to wait till he could receive a second visit from the gentledeclare himself openly.
man who had called on me. I waited "I was offended at first,” she said, thus three days, and nothing came. when he spoke thus, and went after- My money was nearly exhausted, and I wards to another church to avoid him. thought my best course would be to I saw hiin again at the ball at the Ho- come at once over to Ireland, and see iel de Carnavalet, but had not spoken if any help might be looked for from to him.'
you. Des Pesses, who had been de"I asked her,” said Patrick, “why tained in France by his father's death, she said nothing to any of us about set out at the same time for Germany. ibis. I was afraid,' she said. I From him I borrowed one hundred had, as you know, almost given my pistoles, but Rose resolutely refused to cousent io marry Lord Lynch when I let me accept anything from him for saw Mademoiselle de L- with you, her assistance. aud felt what it would be to me to have “On reaching Killerine,” continued him for my husband. After I came to Patrick, “I kept this matter to myself, this convent I was told one day that a because I did not wish to add to your gentleman wished to speak with me uneasiness. Knowing all that I do I through the grating in the parlor. I could not for a moment think of favorthought it was you or M. des Pesses. ing the project of Lord Lynch, and I It was the stranger. “I only ask,” he am astonislied that George, both proud said, “ permission to love you, and to and honorable, could have dreamed of cherish the hope that one day I may such a thing. I would like to caution be yours.
I will not even ask to see you when you see Rose not to think you, if you will grant me leave to hope you will eradicate by good advice the that when that day arrives, which can- feeling that she has for her unknown not be far off, you will accept me as lover. Now that she has told me her your suitor." I made him no reply. secret, she will be constant to him. He has never come back, but he now Place Rose at once in safety in some and then sends me a letter. It is al- convent. As to George, I think in Fay's full of offers of service, and he time he may be suffered to leave assures me that he will not try to see France, as was the case with the Earl me till he is in a position to offer me of R- You will easily get access his fortune and his land.'
to him in prison, and he will tell you "Brother,' she continued, 'I cannot how to proceed with your solicitations tell you
how much I have been affected on his behalf." by his disinterestedness, and I own I “And when you see Des Pesses,” he have wept for myself, that I should be said, as I was leaving him, " what in a position which obliges me to look will you tell him ? Perhaps he will coldly on the adoration of a man so have discovered the retreat of Madenoble and so charning. I could not moiselle de L-Perhaps she will refrain at last from returning him an have charged him for me with some answer, and expressing a vague hope new proof of her tenderness and her that some day when his affairs and fidelity. How will you justify me in inine appeared wore favorable, all diffi- his eyes for the step that I have culties might be over.? "I under-' taken? The good opinion of a good