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SIR LAUNCELOT GREAVES. [Continued.] CHA P. XIV. exploit, he was suddenly invaded,

and all his ardour checked, by the Which foews, .

remembrance of that fatal letter, That a man cannot always fip,

written and signed by her own hand, Wben the cup is at his lip.

which had divorced him from all * **HOSE who have felt hope, and first unsettled his under

the doubts, the jea- standing. The emotions waked by T l oufies, the resents this remembrance were so strong,

m ents, the humilia: that he leaped from the bed, and, EU tions, the hopes, the the fire being still burning in the

despair, the impati- chimney, lighted a candle, that he ence, and, in a word, the infinite might once more banquet his spleen disquiets of love, will be able to by reading the original billet, which, conceive the sea of agitation on together with the ring he had rewhich our adventurer was tossed all ceived from miss Darnel's mother, night long, without repose or inter- he kept in a small box, carefully demission. Sometimes he resolved to posited within his portmanteau. employ all his industry and address This being instantly unlocked, he in discovering the place in which unfolded the paper, and recited the Aurelia was sequeftered, that he contents in these words: might rescue her from the supposed “Sir, Obliged as I am by the restraint to which she had been fub- paflion you profess, and the eagerjected. But, when his heart beat nels with which you endeavour to high with the anticipation of this give me the most convincing proof

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of your regard, I feel some reluc- that the poor young lady, miss tance in making you acquainted Meadows, had dropped her pocketwith a circumstance, which, in all book in the next chamber, where it probability, you will not learn with was found by the hostess, who now out some disquiet. But the affair is presented it unopened. . become fo interesting, I am com. Our knight, having called in Mrs. pelled to tell you, that however Oakely and her son as witnesses, agreeable your proposals may have unfolded the book, without reading been to those whom I thought it my one. syllable of the contents, and duty to please by every reasonable found in it five bank-notes, amountconcession, and howsoever you may ing to two hundred and thirty have been flattered by the seeming pounds. Perceiving, at once, that complacency with which I have heard the loss of this treasure might be your addresses, I now find it abso- attended with the most embarrassing lutely necessary to speak in a deci- consequences to the owner, and refive strain, to assure you, that, with- fecting that this was a case which out sacrificing my own peace, I can- demanded the immediate interposi. not admit a continuation of your tion and affiftance of chivalry, he decorrespondence; and that your re- clared, that he himself would congard for me will be best shewn by vey it safely into the hands of miss your desisting from a pursuit, which Meadows; and desired to know the is altogether inconsistent with the road Me had pursued, that he might happiness of

set out in quest of her, without a AURELIA DARNEL.” moment's delay. It was not with

out some difficulty that this informaHaving pronounced aloud the tion was obtained from the postwords that composed this dismission, boy, who had been enjoined secrecy he hastily replaced the cruel scroll; by the lady, and even gratified with and, being too well acquainted with a handsome reward for his promised the hand to harbour the least doubt discretion. The same method was of its being genuine, threw himself used to make hiin disgorge his truft: into his bed in a transport of de- he undertook to conduct Sir Launce. Spair, mingled with resentment; lot, who hired a post-chaise for during the predominancy of which, dispatch, and immediately departed, he determined to proceed in the ca- after, having dire&ted his squire to reer of adventure, and endeavour follow his tract with the horses. to forget the unkindness of his mir. Yet, whatever haste he made, it is tress, amidst the avocations of absolutely necessary for the reader's knight-errantry. Such was the re- fatisfaction, that we hould outstrip solution that governed his thoughts, the chaise, and visit the ladies.before when he rose in the morning, or his arrival. We shall therefore, dered Crabshaw to saddle Bronzo without circumlocution, premise, marte, and demanded a bill of his that miss Meadows was no other expence. Before these orders could than that paragon of beauty and be executed, the good woman of goodness, the all-accomplifhed miss the house, entering his apartment, Aurelia Darnel. She had, with that told him, with marks of concern, meekoess of resignation peculiar to

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herself, for some years, submitted to thousand ludicrous attitudes for the erery species of opprefsion which diversion of the public; while, all ber uncle's tyranny of disposition the time, he knew their knavery, could plan, and his unlimited power saw their drift, detested their morals, of guardianship execute, till, at and despised their understanding. length, it cose to such a pitch of de- He was so infatuated by indolence (potifm as she could not endure. of thought, and communication He had projected a match between with folly, that he would have ra-, his niece and one Philip Sycamore, ther suffered himself to be led into Efq; a young man who possessed a a ditch with company, than be at pretty considerable estate in the the pains of going over a bridge North Country; who liked Aurelia's alone; and involved himself in a perfon, but was enamoured of her thousand difficulties, the natural fortune, and had offered to purchase consequences of an error in the first Anthony's interest and alliance with concoction, which, though he plaincertain concessions, which could not ly saw it, he had not resolution but be agreeable to a man of loose enough to avoid. principles, who would have found it Such was the character of squire a difficult task to settle the accounts Sycamore, who professed himself of his wardship

the rival of Sir Launcelot Greaves According to the present estimate in the good graces of mifs Aurelia of matrimonial felicity, Sycamore Darnel. He had , in this pursuit might have found admittance as a persevered with more constancy and future fon in-law in any private fa. fortitude, than he ever exerted in mily of the kingdom. He was by any other instance. Being generalbirth a gentleman, tall, straight, ly needy, from extravagance, he and muscular, with a fair, fleek, un, was stimulated by his wants, and meaning face, that promised more animated by his vanity, which was fimplicity than ill-nature. His edu. artfully instigated by his followers, cation had not been neglected, and who hoped to share the spoils of his he inherited an estate of five thou- success. These motives were reinfand a year. Miss Darnel, however, forced by the incessant and eager had penetration enough to discover exhortations of Anthony Darnel, and despise him as a strange com- who, seeing his ward in the last year position of rapacity and profusion, of her minority, thought there was absurdity and good-lense, bashful. no time to be loft in securing his ness and impudence, self-conceit own indemnification, and snatching and diffidence, aukwardness and or. his niece for ever froin the hopes of tentation, infolence and good-nature, Sir Launcelot, whom he now hated rafbness and timidity. He was con- with redoubled animosity. Finding tinually surrounded and preyed upon Aurelia deaf to all his remonby certain vermin called led-captains strances, proof against ill-usage, and and buffoons, who shewed him in resolutely averse to the proposed leading-strings like a sucking giant, union with Sycamore, he endearifled his pockets without ceremony, roured to detach her thoughts from ridiculed him to his face, traduced Sir Launcelot, by forging tales to his character, and exposed him in a the prejudice of his constancy and

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