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know not how to understand the strain of my,,tion their former acquaintance, as he had very dear Lorenzo's letter ; it is long, yet it ap. powerful reasons (which he would explain pears written with restraint; and although he satisfactorily hereafier) for wishing their intipours out all a son's joy at the restoration of macy unknown to the Bertolini familyhis father's honour, and all the gratitude of a || Duronce, the confidential valet of Francois, soul that knows no bounds to laudable feeling was ordered to learn the probable time of when he speaks of my affection, still there Solerno's arrival, and to manage matters so as seems some sad thoughts which poisons all | to give this billet into bis own bands ere he tbiugs. My daughter bas taken away the entered the Palazzo. letter, but I remember one passage wbich has | Business thus put in train, St. Hypolite's strangely affected me; the sense, if not words, next concern was to give an air of desolation rau thus : lo a few days I shall be at your to his own appearance. To persuade Aldonga feet; expect not to see me the same as when of the violence of his passion would be abso. I left you. I am cbanged, I am ill; I am so lutely necessary; and a lover in despair was unfit for the enjoyment of this world that it never yet heard of with a glowing complexion seems to me I have now accomplished the only and a firm step. Poor Francois must keep public task allotted me to fulfil, and that Lent out of season; he fasted, he was let blood, Heaven points out my future destination he drank water, lay on the ground that he religious retirement. Here he breaks off I might not sleep; broke all his essence and abruptly, and leaves me lo conjecture the rest. perfume boxes, left his hair uncombed, half Does he doubt the constancy of my daughter ? shaved himself, and instead of an einbroidered He cannot, must not will not after he sees mantle, wrapped himself round in a careless her again.”
robe de chambre. During this strict discipline, Francois was on the point of replying, when
billets were coutinually passing from the the entrance of visitors prevented the neces. Marchioness to him, and from him to the sity, and afforded bim the opportunity he Marchioness; bis letters were all frantic, hers wished of retiring from the Palazzo.
all sorrow; again and again he solicited an The crisis was now at hand; the fate of bis interview at the casino; but she was craftily beloved sister, and scarcely less dear friend, ill, or craftily timid; in short, Aldonga wish. hung on the events of a few days; Francois | ed to stimulate his passion by difficulties, to felt alarmed as the moment approached in elevate his notion of her virtue, and to see which he must mount the very summit of de. whether the Marquis Solerno were or were ception, to induce Aldonga to break with 00t so bandsome as when she first wished to Solerno. He now almost wished that he had become his wife. To the profligate mind of pot undertaken the task ; but once in he must || Aldonga it seemed easy to reconcile an incliu. proceed. And taking measures for conceal
llation for both lovers. She had really burned ment from Lorenzo whose concurrence in all with passionate arduur for Lorenzo; aud stratagem be dared not reckon apon, he left though his absence, his coldness, and a certain Vepice, hastened to a little casino some miles libertine habit, had kindled new fires in her distant, and dispatched his servant with a letter | breast for the animated St. Hypolite, she yet to the Marchioness.
felt that she could not relioquish Solarno This letter contained nothing but groans, without proving that he was no longer charm. despair, death! He had learned from bering. It was her policy to evade an interview fatber that his rival was expected ; that she with Francois till after she had seen Solerno; was willing to give bim her hand; he could should she be disappointed in the latter, then not bear to witness such a scene. He was she would break her engagement, and make a gone, in short, to die of grief among the merit of it to the other lover; but should she gloomy shades of his casino.
find him still beautiful and love-wakening, Francois charged the bearer of this letter she would play the honourable woman, the with another for the Marquis Solerno; in dutiful daughter, complete the marriage, and which he simply reques! ed him not to men. || as her inclination continued or declined, pur
sue or crush her amour with St. Hypolite.-11 Aldonga raised him with surprise and plea. The Marchioness bad just determined her sure. Never had St. Hypolite looked so irreline of conduct, and sent a tender denial to sistible; his coarse wrapping dress was pic. Francois, who was again urgent for an inter- || turesque if not elegant, his disordered hair view at the casino, when a courier arrived at || beightened its effect, and though his person the Palazzo announcing the expected arrival was evidently thinner, and the general glow of of his master, the Marquis Solerno, on the his complexion faded, impatience bad brought morrow. Duronce learned this intelligence as a bright flush to his cheek, and given such a he waited for Aldonga's reply to the note | wild lustre to bis eyes, that Aldonga saw only from bis lord ; and hastening with them to || a picquant alteration in bis appearance. the casino, he proposed to bis master to go
A diverting scene of mutual deceptiou fulbimself to the Palazzo, where he might enter || lowed; but Francois knew exactly how far free from interruption, as Count Bertolini was | ber duplicity extended, while she was the com. at the Senate House, on state business which |plete dupe of his feived despair. She pleaded would detain him through most part of the | her immaculate virtue, which rendered it nigbt.
almost criminal in her to receive the mere Francois adopted this advice on the instant. Il vows of love from a married man; she urged While bis carriage was getting ready he has her duty to her father, ber promise given to tened to consult his counsellor the mirror; || Solerno when she had no particular preference and found, to his satisfaction, that he looked for any one ; she wished to know what he as love-lorn and woeful as the most tyrannical could offor her to tempt her to renounce these mistress could desire. His matted hair, bis | duties and claims. neglected dress, bis pale cheek, and sunk eye, Francois had a rhapsody on his lips in a but abuve all, his large dark roquelaure, made il moment. His whole life and heart would be bim appear a suitable candidate for the severe | devoted to her though he could not plight the order of La Trappe. He began indeed to fear l vow at the altar; he would abandon bis fathat he looked too wooful; Aldonga's love was mily and his country; he would live at Venice; Dut of that spiritual cast which could bear he would respect ber immaculate virtue while the wreck of the object's beauty, though she continued to think so rigidly; but if she shattered by grief for her ; and if St. Hypolite | did not marry, and he gave up the wife that were to appear quite transformed, she might had been forced upon him, he should venture not perhaps feel any emotion but disgust. to hope that at last that heaven of beauty to However, the die was cast, he most abide by which he aspired . Here he was interthe brow; what he wanted in personal at. rupted by Aldonga; her blushing face bid traction he was resolved to make up in ardour, | itself on his shoulder, that she might not hear and even ardour alone animates any face into the conclusion : and while she lay there softly charms.
sighing, Francois had full time to observe, By the adroit management of Duronce, St. that if he chose to subdue that immaculute vir. Hypolite alighted unnoticed at the piazza of| | tue, he need not fear any difficulty in the conthe Bertolini palace, and burrying across tbe | quest. It required some address to escape ball, and up the grand staircase, proceeded to this danger without lessening the apparent the evening apartment of Aldonga. She was l fire which made his passion so powerful; how. alone, and upon the point of ringing to order | ever, he managed it; and once more exerted ber gondola for a moon-light visit to a female all bis eloquence to persuade the Marchioness friend. St. Hypolite rushed towards her, and that he would accept no other proof of her fell at ber feet with well-acted impetuosity. I love than a fixed rejection of the Marquis the
“ Dear, adored, cruel Aldonga!” he ex-l instant of his arrival; and ibat if she failed claimed; “ see me at your feet; I come to die. to give it bim, he should either plunge into Yes, I swear to die thine, unless you promise | the Adriatic, or rave himself into maduess. never to bestow upon this bated rival the || So fattered was A'donga by this prodigious beagties I dare not make my own!"
passion; so awakened by his tears, embraces
and ardent glances ; so swelled by the idea of || nership in illicit passion. Happily for St. his sufferings; and so more than ever charmrd Hypolite, he had never been fascinated by by his graces, that she was frequently on the the personal graces of Aldonga, or perbaps point of giving bin ibe promise he demanded; that lurking inclination would bave induced but the very excess of his love alarmed her to him to believe such a conclusion as the one think how it would make him tyrannise, were I now impending, too certain to be avoided; she thus to give him a secret but absolute! his senses were yet under the command of authority over all her actions : how much reason and principle, and assisted by them, better to retain him in her chains by favours he saw the circumstance in its true light; reoccasionally granted as a boon, when she solving only to cheat a little more, and manage skould be the wife of a man too studious to so as to place the Marchioness in a disgraceful go with her into public and observe her con
situation, without becoming criminal bimself. duct, and too guileless himself not to be easily
Could he get her to the casino at night, alone blinded by her. Fortified by these ideas, Al. and in his apartment, he might easily concert donga was able to persevere in refusing to il
refusing to measures so as to alarm the jealousy of Count give her lover the promise desired, though she Amalfi, and lead him to burst upon their rewas profuse in professions and testimonies of
tirement. This would either noise the matter preference. St. Hypolite wearied with the
| abroad, or induce her to accept Amalli's hand farce, and somewhat afraid of trusting himself as an equivalent for his silence; at all eveuts, too long with so beautiful and licentious as it would put her in his power, and he might woman amid the temptations of night and alarm her into consent by a mere threat of silence, abruptly started away from the fair publishing her indiscretion. The difficulties hand which courted his lips, and repeating seemed to increase as the Lusiness drew nearer bis vow of not outliving her obedience to her
| a closc; and St. Hypolite inore than once exfather, hastened back to his casino.
claimed, “ Never will I act such a part again!" His first moments were given to repeated | Displeased with limself, and painfully anxious bursts of laughter over the scene in which he for his friend, he could not find rest on his performed so admirably; his next thought, to | pillow, till after he had re-perused a joint let. vexation at her steadiness.-" If she will notter from his mother and sister, which had been renounce Solerno,” he exclaimed, when alone, forwarded to him from his banker at Collicure. " the plagues of Saint Anthony be her por The tender melancholy which breathed i brough tion! What shall I do in such a case? Why, l the passages written by Julie, and the name of instead of drawing my friend quietly out of the his friend blotted evidently by her tears, re. snare, I must do the thing with eclat; I must vived his hopes, because it animated bis wish get her into a scrape with me, and then l of freeing her lover from bondage. “Ah, my threaten to expose ber, unless she gives up sweet sister !” he repeated, turning himself to the Marquis.”-Francois paused upon this rest upon her letter; “thou little dreamest plan; his honourable and well principled heart how much I am encountering to serve thee. revolted from the commission of a libertine But by all the Saints in the Calendar! I will act, even with a woman whose virtue had been | never do as much again, no, not for tbe blessed often forfeited; what motive could sanctify | Virgin herself.”—Half gay, half sad, Francois such pollution, and the less so, since it would closed his eyes, and dropped to sleep. be deliberately done by him? He now began The morrow, which was to bring the Mar. to feel in its full force the rashness and impro- quis Solerno to Venice, rose upon Aldonga priety of his scheme. The quixotism of friends with emotion and expectation in its beams : ship, like every other species of quixotism, was her beart was beating between the recollection likely to lead to dangers, disgrace, and self of former tenderness for Solerno, and present reproach: it seemed now too evident, that in passion for St. Hypolite; vanity too contripursuing a laudable end through illaudable buted to her feelings, and abhorring the idea means, through systamatic fraud, be would of being beheld with indifference, she called be forced to secure his object by a guilty part. Il forth all the assistance of the toilet to heighten
that beauty which nature's band had finished , details of all that related to it. Even this bebeyond further addition. All the blushes of loved topic, the restored frame of a departed sommer were on her cheek, its fragrance in parent, could not entirely banish from the her breath, its voluptuousness in her eyes and brow of Solerno the gloom which darkened it; smiles, when seen through the embellishing his looks were downcast and mournfui; le mnist of a transparent veil which covered her sighed often and deeply; and all his views whole person ; she presented herself to Solerno of the present and the future, seemed so dark as he rose from embracing the knees of his | and gloomy, that Aldonga contemplaled with venerable protector. Solerno turned round at some alarm, the probable consequence of a her voice, its first accents had sent the blood union with a man of so melancholy a temperato his heart freezing as it went. His cheek, l ment. Count Bertolini knew not how to actherefore, was pale and lustreless; his eyes, count for a melancholy so ill suited to his dimned by frequent tears and anxious vigils l circumstances; this was not the period while awaiting the Neapolitan decision, had to question him, but he resolved to do it pot even that light in them which joy and when they should be alone; and Solerno affection can kindle in the dullest orbs; his bimself, occupied solely with the idea of anfigure, wasted by regret, offered but a graceful councing his resolve to retire into a monasoutline which youth, health, and peace might tery, felt the presence of Aldonga a restraint again fill up with beauty, but which now gave rather than an encouragement. to Aldonga only the idea of sickness and feeble- || “I scarcely know you my Lorenzo,” said ness. She started as she beheld him, and ex-Bertolini kindly,“ your spirits have been over. claimed involuntarily, “ Santa Maria! how tasked in this arduous affair. We must try to you are altered !"-Solerno believed her bap- || revive them. Venice has still its innocent pily disgusted with him; the thought beld pleasures, and we bave lately got acquainted out a prospect of hope, and that bope in with an amiable Frenchman who would ani. stantly spread bis cheek with a bloom, and mate sorrow itself. St. Hypolite is at bis lighted up his eyes with a fire which restored casino, is he not?"_Bertolini turneil to his not only animation, bat beauty to the most daugbter as he spoke, while Solerno, with a admirable of human countenances : “Do you bright flush of pleasure and doubt exclaimed: observe this alteration?" he exclaimed. Al. " St. Hypolite! what, Francois ! the Chateau donga’s feelings changed as rapidly; she fancied de Roussillon! is it possible?" this emotion of his proceeded from a lover-like | Mutual inquiries and explanations followed; gratification at the interest her remark ex- it seemed the same, and yet it could not be; pressed, and she saw that his personal graces this St. Hypolite was married, his friend was thougb diminisbed, were not destroyed: it is not so; this gentleman was inflexibly silent true, no part of her former passion throbbed
upon his other connections, place of residence, in her veins, but she could look at him with- 1 &c. bis friend was candour itself, and fond eut reluctance, and meditate the resolution of l of discoursing upon the places and persons he yielding her hand to him, for the sake of pre- l loved. Yet still the names, the face, the serviug her reputation, which would be lost ll figure, and the age seemed to agree. All of were she to break off the engagement and ren- | them were puzzled ; since Salerno could not der herself accountable to so wild a lover as St. imagine, it it were he, why he should not speak Hypolite. Her answer was gentle and con of their acquaintance; and Aldunga, from ciliating, and in proportion to her appearance Solerno's answer to her questions, learned of constancy, fell the spirits of her betrothed that he had only been an acquaintance made husband. The aged Bertolini looked at him I when travelling.-" As I was entering the with the concern of a parent, frequently in. Palazzo," observed Solerno, “ I recollect some veighed against that excess of anxiety which one put a note into my hand, with a request he must liave yielded to, since it had altered that I would read it instantly. I remember his healthful appearance so much, and revert the fellow added, 'Do you recollect me, Sir?' ing to the success of bis cause, led him into! And I remembering the face, and thinking
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him a domestic of a lady who was formerly is report I find it convenient to spread here, very troublesome to me, answered in the affirm that I am a married map. What the duce ative, and went on. I think now the face was need you care about my reasons; perhaps I that of Duronce, the valet of Francois St. I want to cure some lady of a passion for me, Hyp: lite."
by making her fancy it hopeless ; perhaps I As he spoke Solerno eagerly searched in his want to save my own virtue or that of some bosom for the billet which he thought be bad I too yielding fair one, by presenting the obplaced there; it was not to be found. “I I stacle of infringement on marriage vows; or must have dropped it by the way,” he added. | perhaps I want to obtain a beauty upon easier Aldonga rose hastily; covering her burning || terms than she would grant if she knew me cheeks with her veil, and trying to moderate free to make ber my wife. Beware of that the tone of a voice that was ready to burst out perhaps, Solerno; by the mass you will injure into suspicious invective, she offered to send me if you believe it : faucy me entertaining her page to search for the lost note.“ Doubt. myself with a conquest I neither care for nor less it will be found,” she exclaimed; and | mean to take the spoil of, and you will come with a lapwing's speed she was along the gal nearer the truth. Not a word, I charge you, of lery, and at the foot of the grand staircase, Il my single state; not a word of former acquain. ere Solerno could follow.
tance when I meet you in public, aud then Her eagle glance caught a glimpse of some you know you need not utler falsehoods.-thing white which lay close to the entrance; Adieu! I rely on your discretion and friendship. she stooped, she raised it up-it was the note
“Francois St. HYPOLITE." directed to Solerno in the hand-writing of St. | Rage was in the heart of Aldonga, shame Hypolite. Quickly thrusting it into her vest, on her cheek, and the fires of revenge in her she called aloud for the domestics, and leav. 1 eyes, as she beld the paper in the act of tearing ing them with directions to search for what it, when recollecting herself, she thrust it back she had just found, she hurried by a back way into her rest, exclaiming, “ It may be of use, up to her own apartment, where securing her. | perlaaps; accursed billet ! dissembling vile self from interruption, she opened and read lain! What, despised, cheated, sported with, the following billet :
No, hy Heaven he shall not enjoy the triumph! “ To the Marqius Solerno.-Be not too much || I will he revenged, I will blast his vain hopes! surprized to find me at Venice, my dear friend | Yes, Amalfi shail be my instrument."-And I will account for my appearance at a fitter | as she spoke she rung for hör page to prepare opportunity. All I request is, that you will her gondola and attend her to the palace of continue to think me a tolerably honest fellow, Count Amalfi. although I intreat of you not to contradict a |
(To be continued.)
ANECDOTES COLLECTED FROM THE PRIVATE LIFE OF PETER
THE GREAT, EMPEROR OF RUSSIA.
(Continued from Vol. IV. Page 309.)
PETER'S ORDINARY MODE OF LIVING. | dictates of his rigoteous and enlightened mind.
AT four every morning Peter awoke; bis A slight breakfast was then brought him; he Ministers then brought in their reports, and dressed bimsell, and went to tbe Admiralty, presented their different documents ; -he and was present at the Senate. He dined resaw, he investigated, and passed judgment gularly at eleven o'clock; the dishes which himself, gave his orders, and made notes; were generally served up, and which he was heard all objections, answered them, softened, most fond of, were cabbage soup, either made changed, or corrected them, according to the salt, or sour crout, gruel, a cold sucking pig,