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THE BANDEAU OF LOVE; distinguished him to advantage ;
a just discernment, an engaging OR, THE
temper, had gained him the esBLINDNESS OF DULILOT. teem and good will of all those
who knew hi ; these procured Tale.
him a blessing peshaps s'ill more Love has been represented with uncommon, I moan a sigccre, ena Bandcau ; of all her attributes, lightened, generous and feeling this is, perhaps, the most formi. friend, whose superior mind did dablo, and the least dreaded : it not wait for years, to develope itseems, at first sight; that it has in self with nobleness, and produce fact some charms for hearts real. those actions which in general are ly captivated. A man loves to shut only the fruits of a virtue strengthhis eyes on the faults of a beloved ened by experience. mistress, and a woman would wish
Dulilot, older than his friend, never to have discovered the infi.
who was but three aud twenty, was delity of an amiable lover: it is
at that period of life, when reason pleasant to be ignorant of both. But, nevertheless, ought not the
and strength naturally meet to
gother. He was a partner, as excesses into which error hurries
are most of the merchats of Lyons us, make us apprehend a blind
who by this mean, faci itate to ness that may become fata!? I shall answer this question only by the
themselves the greatest undertakrecital of a real adventure, the
ings; but his heart was not yet model of which would not be found
engaged; he had not apparently in all the Amadises of romances.
met with an object that could fix
his choice and a rational prudence In one of the most considerable had contributed to retard the des towns in France, Dulilot occupied termination of it. He wished with a respectable rank among the rich his hand to offer a briliant situa. trader's that are there to be found tion, which several years of an es: in great numbers. A characier sablished business can alone, profor integrity, which constitutes the cure : He had, in tiás respect, atprincipal quality and the greatestrained the point that he might wish, siogium of a palan in business, l! when his affairs liged him to
efactor. make a journey to Faris. Although
The clergyman under
took a commission so suitable to: tke olives wbich prompted him to his journey were not very press
his character, and the zeal with
which he accompanied the eyecu:ig, he gla:)'y availed hiinself of them to visit 119 capital : he set
tion of it, made it succeed to Duli
lots desire. off in spirits, and in this manner performed half of the route. In one of the inns where carriages In the mean time it was growstop, in the evening, to pass and ing late ; Dulilot, who sought only rest the night, Dulilot was struck, the means of making acquaintance on his arrival, by a woman whom with the beautiful stranger, contriv. he perceived there. A fasinating ed to engage her to supper. The countenance, an affecting look, lady displayed, during the repast, that air which interests, and more so much grace and, wit, that she than all this, that certain some. completely inspired Dulilot with thing which captivates, overset the most violent passion. He learnt him in a moment. He was sur that Nerralle (this was the name prized, troubled, and enchanted, the lady assumed) was going to before he had reflected on the Lsons; how was it possible for cause of an impression so warm him to leave her, by continuing hisand so sudden; his eyes grcedily route towards Paris? He changed surveved the features of the per his plan at the very instant ; and son, the sight of whom agitated resolving tocharge his correspondhim: he could not resist the desire #ents to supply his place at Paris, of knowing who she was.
He en: he returned to his own country, quired of a clergyman who fre. where he proposed to render serquently conversed with her, and vice to Nervalle, who, after some appeared to be acquainted with difficulties, at length suffered Duher; from him he learned that lilot to accompany her. Before this woman, respectable from her they had arrived, the obliging eclebirth and her manners, was flying | siastic, who served her as a guar. from the injustice of her parents dian and a guide, disappeared and the rigours of fate, by wbich without his being able to learn she was alike pursued. This what became of him ; Dulilot was opening, by still exciting his cu overjoyed at having it in his power riosity, also moved his liberality : to be his substitute ; he was transhe offered the person who inform- || ported to find that he was become ed him, two louis dors, which he
necessary ; and he availed himself begged him to prerail on the ami of the oportunities of the journey, able and unfortunate lady to ac to inform himself more fully of cept, at the same time charging Nervalle's situation, of the causes him to conceal from her the ben- l of a grief which she appeared to
wish to aceal, and of the reasons ed. My uncle destined me for a which made her Ay from her fam. person of his choice, that is to say, Hly in ordertotake refugein a strange old and rich, but bestoes, so infirm country. One day, when he was and avaricious, that I could no pressing her more warmly, be find it in my licart to receive biin backed' his solicitations with so for a husband. My rejected lover many assurances of discretion, and had contrived to transmit me the promises of attachment, that Ner marks of his despair, and the as. valle, overcome, yielded to his de surances of his eternal fidelity; I sires. The interest that you take loved him ; niy uncle himself in my fate,' said she to him, is knew no other defect in him than too generous not to surmount my his not having a sufficient fortune, repugnance to describe it to youi, and yet he wished to force me to such as it is. I am the daughter follow his will in taking the odious of a gentleman, whose name is not miser whom I could not endure. perhaps unknown to you; I lost | The extremity to which he reducmy mother very early in life, and ed me, made me yield to my inwith her that necessary guide of clination ; I married my lover, our tender years, that scource of after having eloped from my unconsolation and salutary, advice, I cle's house. Our union being acwhich is so seldom to be supplied complished, my new husband by any other person. My father | compelled my uncle to give up to died in the service ; I was entrust. me the property of my father ; ed to the care of a very old uncle, scarcely did he possess it, when I who was rather fond of me. I saw him dissipate it by his prodishould have found the quiet and gality: to the extreme tenderness reured kind of life, that he made which he had at first shewn me, me pass at his house, agrecable, succeeded some shameful behavenough, had not the unsupportable iour ; he totaly deserted me ; and temper of his wife tormented me having obtained a situation as an incessantly.
Among the small officer in the regiment of Bourbonnumber of persons that he saw, nois, he sel off for the Island of there was a son of one of his friends, Corsica, where he is at present. who formed upon me designs My family exasperated, caused which I did not disapprove; he me to be sought after, in order to was young, amiable, and since my
secure my person; I am flying uncle admitted him into his house, from their anger, victim as I it is needless to say that he consi. am, of a betrayed love I am looking dered him as a gentleman. He for an asylum where I can pass my declared his intentions respecting | days quietly without feeling the me; but as fortune did not favour
resentment of my cruel relatiors. him, his proposal was not accept- | My friends have not quite forsaken