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swallowed a bullet, and dropped the death-dealing | Thence driven, she was lost in hopeless mazes, and Blade from his blood-besmeared hand on the field of knew not where to turn. battle, but quietly in his bed, with three pair of ex- She flaunted about, and Aashed her finery in the cellent blankets over him, not reckoning a curiously optical observers of Daniel, as if to say this is a speci. quilted counterpane. Long anticipation lessens the men,-ex uno 'disce omnes,-thousands lie under this shock of fate, consequently the grief of this widow sample. Hope and fear swayed her heart by turns, was not of that violent and overwhelming kind which though the former passion was uppermost; yet she saw s more sharply-winded-up catastrophe is apt to occa- a snake in the form of Mrs. Bouncer, lurking in her sion; but, having noticed the slow, but gradual ap way; and she took every lawful means, or such as an proaches of the grim tyrant, in the symptoms of inamorata considers such, to scotch it. swelled ancles, shrivelled features, troublesome cough, Well might Daniel be surprised at the quantity of and excessive debility, the event came upon her as an candles made use of in Miss Jenny's establishment. evil long foreseen; and the sorrow occasioned by the It puzzled his utmost calculation; for though the exit of the captain was sustained with becoming for- | whole house had been illuminated from top to bottitude.
tom, and fours to the pound had been lighted at both Having been fully as free of his sacrifices to Bac ends, no such quantity could be consumed. But chus as to the brother of Bellona, the captain left his there she was week after week, with her young pas. mate in circumstances not the most fourishing; but sal with the yellow neck behind her, swinging a large she was enabled to keep up appearances, and to pre wicker-basket over his arm, in which were deposited, serve herself from the gulf of debt, by an annuity layer above layer, the various produce of Miss Jenny's bequeathed to her by her father, and by the liberality marketing, of the widows' fand.
On Daniel, on these occasions, she showered her Time passed on at its usual careless jog-trot; and complaisance with the liberality of March rains ; inanimal spirits being a gift of nature, like all strong quiring anxiously after his health; cautioning him to natural impulses, asserted with legitimate sway. Mrs. wear flannel, and beware of the rheumatics; telling Martha began to smile and simper as formerly. Folks him her private news, and admiring the elegance of remarked, that black suited her complexion; and his articles, while all the time her shrivelled features Daniel Cathie could not help giving breath to the “grinned horribly a ghastly smile," which only gallant remark, as he was discharging her last year's quadrupeled “ fold upon fold, innumerable" of her account, that he never before had seen her looking wrinkles, and displayed gums innocent of teeth, gehalf so well.
nerosity not being able to elevate three rusty stumps On this hint the lady wrought. Daniel was a to that honour and dignity greasy lubberly civilian to be sure, and could not .. There was a strong conflict in Daniel's mind, and the escort her about with powdered collar, laced beaver, poor man was completely " bamboozled.” Ought he and glittering epaulettes; but he was a substantial to let nature have her sway for once, take to his arms fellow, not amiss as to looks, and with regard to the blushing and beautiful widow, and trust to the circumstances, possessing every thing to render a success of his efforts for future aggrandisement? or wife comfortable and snug. Elysian happiness, Mrs. must strong habit still domineer over him, and Miss Martha was too experienced a stager to expect on this Jenny's hook, baited with five thousand pounds. draw side of the valley of death. Moreover, she had been him to the shores of wedlock, “a willing captive?” tossed about sufficiently in the world, and was heartily | Must he leave behind him sons and daughters with tired of a wandering life. The height of her wise small portions, and “ the world before them, where ámbition, therefore, reached 'rib higher than a quiet to choose;" or none, and his name die away among settlement, and a comfortable domicile. She knew the things of the past, while cousins ten times rethat the hour of trial was corfie, and sedulously set moved, alike in blood and regard, riot on his subherself to work, directing against Daniel the whole stance? The question was complicated, and different artillery of her charms. She passed before his door | interrogatories put to the oracle of his mind afforded every morning in her walk; and sometimes stood different responses. The affair was one, in every rewith her pretty face directed to the shop-window, as spect, so nicely balanced, that.“ he wist not what to if narrowly examining some article in it. She ogled do.". Fortune long hung equat in the balance, and him as he sat in church; looking as if she felt happy | might have done so much longer, had not an unfore. at seeing him seated with the bailies; and Daniel was seen accident made the scale of the widow precipinever met abroad, but the lady drew off her silken tately to mount aloft, and kick the beam. glove, and yielded a milk-white delicate hand to the • It was about ten o'clock on the night of a blustertobacconist, who took a peculiar pleasure in shaking | ing November day, that a tall, red-haired mustachioed, it cordially. A subsequent rencontre in a stage-coach, and rawboned personage, wrapt up in a nilitary greatwhere they enjoyed a delightful tête-a-tête together coat, alighted from the top of the Telegraph at the for some miles (procul, 6 procul esto profani), told with Salutation inn, and delivered his portmanteau into the a still deeper effect; and every thing seemed in a fait assiduous hands of Bill the waiter. He was ushered way of being amicably adjusted.
,' . into a comfortable room, whose flickering blazing fire - Miss Jenny, undismayed by these not unmarked mocked the cacophony of his puckered features, and symptoms of ripening intimacy, determined to persue induced him hastily to doff his envelopements, and her own line of amatory politics, and get her whole l draw in an arm-chair to the borders of the hearthenginery of attack in readiness for Operation. She | rugai . had always considered the shiớp at the cross as the Having discussed a smoking and substantial supper, sürest path for her to the temple of Bona Fortuna. he asked Bill, who was in the act of supplying his NO, XXXI.-VOL. 111.
rummer with hot water, if a Mrs, Bouncer, an officer's the glass, carefully pressed his hat into shape, and widow, resided in the neighbourhood ?"
drew it down on his temples with both hands; after “ Yes," replied Bill; “ I knows her well; she lives which, with hasty steps, he evanished from behind at third house round the corner, on the second floor, the counter. turning to the door on your right hand.”.
Arriving at the inn, he was ushered into No, 7 by “She is quite well, I hope?" said the son of the officious Bill, who handed his name before him, Mars.
and closed the door after him. “Oh! well, God bless you, and about to take a “ This is an unpleasant business, Mr. Cathie," said second husband. I hear as how that they are to be pro the swaggering captain, drawing himself up to his claimed next week. She is making a good bar- | full length, and putting on a look of important fero
city. “It is needless to waste words on the subject; : “Next week to be married !" ejaculated the gallant there is a brace of pistols,—both are loaded, -take captain, turning up his eyes, and starting to his legs one, and I take the other; choose either, sir. The with a hurried perplexity.
room is fully eight paces," added he, striding across " So I believe, sir,.' continued Bill very calmly. in a hurried manner, and clanking his iron heels, on “ If you have come to the ceremony, you will find the carpet. that it does not take place till then. Depend upon “ It would, I think, be but civil,” said Daniel, evi. it, sir, you have mistaken the date of your invitation dently in considerable mental as well as bodily agi.
tation, “ to inform me what are your intentions, be-, “Well, waiter, you may leave me," said the cap. fore forcing me to commit murder. Probably you tain, stroking his chin in evident embarrassment; have mistaken me for some other; if not, please leti “ but stop,—who is she about to get ?
me know in what you conceive I have offended you ?” • “Oh, I thought every body knew Mr. Daniel Ca “ By the powers," said Captain Thwackeray with thie, one of the town-council, sir,--a tobacconist, and great vehemence, “ you have injured me materially, a respectable man,-- likely soon to come to the pro -nay, mortally,—and either your life, sir, or my vestry, sir. He is rather up in years to be sure, bút own, shall be sacrificed to the adjustment." he is as rich as a Jew."
While saying this, the captain took up first the “ What do you say is his name?”.
one pistol, and then the other, beating down the con“ Mr. Daniel Cathie, Esq., tobacconist and candle tents with the ramrod, and measuring with his finger maker near the cross. That is his name and designa the comparative depth to which each was loaded. tion,--a very respectable man, sir."
“ A pretty story, certainly, to injure a gentleman “ Well, order the girl to have my bed well warmed, in the tenderest part, and then to beg a recital of the and to put pens, ink, and paper, into the room. In particulars. Have you no regard for my feelings, the mean time bring me the boot-jack.".
sir?" The captain kept his fiery feelings in restraint be “ Believe me, sir, on the word of an honest man, fore Bill, but the intelligence hit him like a cannon that, as to your meaning in this business, I am in ute shot. He retired almost immediately to his bed ter darkness," said Daniel with cool firmuess. chamber; but a guest, in the adjoining room, de “ To be plain then,-to be explicit,—to come to clared in the morning, that he had never been allowed the point, sir, was you not on the eve of marrying to close his eyes, from some person's alternately snor Mrs. Bouncer?” ing or speaking in his sleep, as if in violent alterca “ Mrs. Bouncer!" echoed the tallow-chandler, starttion with some one; and that, whenever these sounds ing back, and crimsoning. Immediately, however, died away, they were only exchanged for the irregu. commanding himself, he continued :-"As to the lar tread of a foot measuring the apartment, seemingly | truth of the case, that is another matter ; but, were it in every direction.
as you représent it, I was unaware that I could be in. " It was nine in the morning : and Daniel, as he was juring any one in so doing." ringing a shilling on the counter, which he had just “ Now, sir, we have come to the point; rem tetitaken for value received, and half-ejaculating aloud, gisti acu ; and you speak out plainly. Take your as he peered at it through his spectacles,-“ Not a pistol," bravadoed the captain. Birmingham I hope,”—had a card put into his hand “No, no,-not so fast; perhaps we may under. by Jonas Bunting, the Salutation shoe black.
stand each other without being driven to that alter. Having broke the seal, Daniel read to himself, native." “A gentleman wishes to see Mr. Cathie at the Salu “Well then, sir, abjure her this moment, and re. tation inn, on particular business, as speedily as pos sign her to me, or one of our lives must be sacrificed." sible.-Inquire for the gentleman in No. 7, a quarter While he was saying this, Daniel laid his hands on before nine, a. m."
one of the pistols, and appeared as if examining it, “ Some of these dunning travellers !" exclaimed which motion the captain instantly took for a signal Daniel to himself; “ they are continually pestering of acquiescence, and « changed his hand, and checked me for orders. if I had the lighting up of the moon his pride."-" I hope," continued he, evidently much I could not satisfy them all. I have a good mind not softened, “ that there shall be no need of resorting to to go, for this fellow not sending his name. It is im desperate measures. In a word, the affair is this,pudence with a vengeance, and a new way of request I have a written promise from Mrs. Bouncer, that, if ing favours !" As he was muttering these thoughts ever she married a second time, her hand was mine. between his teeth, he was proceeding, however, in It matters not with the legality of the measure, though the almost unconscious act of undoing his apron, the proceeding took place in the lifetime of her late which having fung aside, he adjusted his hair before husband, my friend, Captain Bouncer. It is quite an
affair of honour. I assure you, sir, she has vowed to nance, and haunted her like a ghost. Refusal was in accept of none but me, Captain Thwackeray, as his vain ; and, after a faint, a feeble, and sham show of successor. If you have paid your addresses to her in resistance, the damsel drew down her flag of defiance, ignorance of this, I forgive you ; if not, we stand op
and submitted to honourable terms of capitulation. posed as before."
Ten days after Miss Jenny's surrender, their names “Oh ho! if that be the way the land lies," replied
were proclaimed in church; and, the people stared Daniel, with a shrill whistle, “ she is yours captain,
at each other in half-wonder and half-good humour, for me, and hearty welcome. I resign her uncondi
the precentor continued, after a slight pause, There tionally, as you military gentlemen phrase it. A
is also a purpose of marriage between Mrs. Martha great deal of trouble is spared by one's speaking out.
Bouncer, at present residing in the parish, and Au. If you had told me this, there would have been no gustus Thwackeray, Esq., Captain of the Bengal Ran. reason for loading the pistols. May I now wish you
gers ;-whoever can produce any lawful objections a good morning. Od save us! but these are fearful
against the same, he is requested to do so,-time and weapons on the table! Good morning,'sir.”
place convenient." “Bless your heart, no,” said Captain Thwack
Every forenoon and evening between that and the eray, evidently much relieved from his distressing si.
marriage-day, Daniel and his intended enjoyed a detuation : “oh no, sir,—not before we breakfast to
lightful tête-a-tête in the lady's garden, walking armgether;"-and, so saying, before Daniel had a mo
in-arm and talking, doubtless, of home-concerns, and ment's time for reply, he pulled the bell violently..
the Elysian prospects that awaited them. The pair “ Bill, bring in breakfast for two as expeditiously
would have formed a fit subject for the pencil of a as possible.-(Exit Bill).- knew that no man of
Hogarth,—about “to become one flesh," and so difhonour, such as I know or believe you to he, (your
ferent in appearance. The lady, long-visaged and appearance bespeaks it), would act such a selfish part
wrinkled, -stiff-backed and awkward.-long as a as deprive me of my legal right; and I trust that this
May-pole ;—the bridegroom, jolly-faced like Bactransaction shall not prevent friendly intercourse be
chus, stumpy like an alder-tree, and round as a tween us, if I come, as my present intention is to
beer-barrel. take up my abode among you in this town."
Ere Friday had beheld its meridian sunshine, two “ By no means,” said Daniel; “ Mrs. Bouncer is
carriages drawn up at the door, and drivers with yours for me; and, as to matrimonials, I am other
white favours and Limerick gloves, told the attentive wise provided. There are no grounds for conten
world that Dr. Redbeak had made them one flesh, tion, captain.”
Shortly after the ceremony, the happy couple drove Breakfast was discussed with admirable appetite
away amid the cheerings of an immense crowd of by both. The contents of the pistols were drawn,
neighbours, who had planted themselves around the the powder carefully returned into the flask, the two
door, to make observations on what was going on. bullets into the waistcoat-pocket, and the instruments
Another coincidence, worthy of remark, also pccurred of destruction themselves deposited in a green woollen
on this auspicious day. At the same hour, had the case. After cordially shaking each other by the hand,
fair Widow Martha yielded up her lily-white hand the captain saw Mr. Daniel to the door, and made a
to the whiskered, ferocious-looking, but gallant CapFery low congé, besides kissing his hand at parting.
tain Thwackeray; and the carriages containing the • The captain we leave to fight his own battles, and
respective marriage-parties passed one another in the return to our hero, whose stoicism, notwithstanding
street at a good round pace. The postilions, with its firmness, did not prevent him from feeling con
their large Haunting ribbon-knots, huzzaed in meet. siderably on the occasion. Towards Mrs. Bouncer he
ing, brandishing their whips in the air, as if behad not a Romeo-enthusiasm, but certainly a stronger
tokening individual victory. The captain looking attachment than he had ever experienced for any
out, saw Miss Jenny, in maiden-pride, sitting stately other of her sex. Though the case was hopeless, he
beside her chosen tobacconist; and Daniel, glancing did not allow himself to pine away with “ a green and
to the left, beheld Mrs. Martha blushing by the side yellow melancholy," but reconciled himself to his
| of her mustachioed warrior. Both waved their hands fate with the more facility, as the transaction between
in passing, and pursued their destinies. Thwackeray and her must have taken place during
Janus. the lifetime of her late husband, which considerably lessened her in his estimation ; having been educated a rigid Presbyterian, and holding in great abhorrence
STANZAS WRITTEN IN DEJECTION, NEAR all such illustrations of military morality. “ No, no,"
NAPLES. thought he, “ my loss is more apparent than real :
BY THE LATE PERCY shelly. the woman who was capable of doing such a thing would not content herself with stopping even there.
The sun is warm, the sky is clear, Miss Jenny Drybones is the woman for me,-1 am
The waves are dancing fast and bright, the man for her money.”
Blne isles and snowy mountains wear
The purple noon's transparent light ish notions crowded on his heart, and confirmed him
Around its unexpanded buds; in his determination, which he set about without
Like many a voice of one delightdelay.
The winds, ihe birds, the ocean foods; There was little need of delicacy in the matter;
The City's voice itself is soft, like Solitude's. and Daniel went to work quite in a business-like
I see the Deep's untrampled floor style. He commenced operations on the offensive,
With green and purple sea-weeds strown; offered Miss Jenny his arm, squeezed her hand, but
I see the waves upon the shore,
Like light dissolved in star-showers, thrown: tered her with love-phrases, ogled her out of counte
I sit upon the sands alone,
The lightning of the moon tide ocean
Arises from its measured motion,
Nor peace within nor calm around,
The sage in meditation found,
Nor fame, nor power, nor love, nor leisure.
Smiling they live, and call life pleasure;
Even as the Winds and waters are ;
And weep away the life of care
Till death like sleep might steal on me,
My cheek grow cold, and hear the Sea
As I, when this sweet day is gune,
Insults with this untimely moan;
Whom men love not;- and yet regret,
Sha!l on its stainless glory set,
Soon after the expiration of my engagement with Don Lopez, Count Waltzerstein, a German nobleman, came from Cagliari to Sassari for the purpose of taking his passage to Leghorn. Don Lopez was his banker, and I saw him, in consequence, often.
From the moprent he had delivered his letters of credit, I had formed a wish to go with him to the continent; and, with this view, I endeavoured to conciliate his good opinion. He was not, however, one of those kind of persons with whom it is easy to excite any
interest. His mind was tardy and indecisive, and there was a morbid irri. tability about him, the consequence of physical infirmi. ty, that frequently frustrated the best attempts to please him.
But that which, more than any other cause, rendered his friendship exceedingly difficult of attainment, was the exquisite delicacy of his taste in every thing but the expression of his own feelings. He was perhaps, not more than thirty, but ill health gave him the appearance of being considerably older. He was rather below the middle stature. His complexion was fair, and the cast of his physiognomy mild and interesting; but there was a want of that harmony in the parts of his figure, which is always found connected with a con. sistent character.
I have rarely met with a man to whom the epithet of accomplished could be more strictly or properly applied. He had not one spark of original genius. He could not place two words together, for which he might not have been able to quote an authority; and the slightest modification of original metaphor or fancy was beyond all the faculties of his mind to form; and yet the most ingenious poet, in the happiest moment of inspiration, never surpassed the occasional sallies of
Count Waltzerstein. In every company where he chose to unbend he led the conversation, and astonished and delighted his auditors. His proficiency in music was wonderful; the violin was a living intelligence in his hands, and he could draw from it the whole pathos and spirit of the finest composers; but he could not himself connect a single bar of melody. He read and spoke every polished modern language with admirable propriety. But I am wrong in saying he had no genius, for, unquestionably, he was endowed with the most delicate perception of whatever is elegant in art and refined in manners and literature. Yet, notwithstanding all these accomplishments, Count Waltzerstein was, in his own person and manners, remarkably offensive. He declared his dislike, on the most trivial occasions, with such a vehemence of expression and distortion of features, that only feelings of the greatest abhorrence could have justified. If a dish at table was not exactly according to his taste, he would push it from him with the horror of such disgust as the smell of corruption and the sight of rottenness might excite. But, except in this odious peculiarity, he was altogether a thing made up of art-an automaton. He had been early taught to cull the happiest and most brilliant phrases for exhibition in conversation ;-he held his time divi. ded into certain invariable portions, to each of which was allotted a particular study, or the retouching of the faded points of recollection; and the evening was hallowed and set apart, for displaying the intellectual full dress with which he had been engaged in adorning himself all the day.
All my endeavours to obtain any interest in the good-will of the Count would have proved useless, but for one of those curious turns in trifting things, which show us the massive strength of the chain of destiny with which we are all bound. Elegant and accomplished as he undoubtedly was, he possessed no knowledge of accounts; and, in settling his affairs with Don Lopez, he showed himself so strangely ignorant of this very necessary and ordinary kind of knowledge, that he appeared exceedingly mortified. He had heard me express a wish to go to the continent; he had seen me expert in common arithmetic, and to make himself in some degree acquainted with figures, he invited me to accompany him.
We left Sassari early in the morning, on the festival of St. Nicholas, to embark at a village a few miles distant from the city, where a vessel, loaded with wine and grain, belonging to Don Lopez, was waiting for a favourable wind to sail for Leghorn. On our arrival, we found the vessel had weighed anchor, and was underweigh. The Count hired a boat to follow her, and we proceeded to sea. The vessel caught a favour able breeze, and left us farther and farther behind.
By this time the afternoon was far advanced; tho Magdalene islands lay bright around us, and the mous tains of Corsica appeared nearer than those of Sardinia
• We will not return to Sassari," said the Count, when he had made up his mind to relinquish the pursuit of the vessel. • Let us examine these islands, which are but seldom visited; and, when a favourable oppor: tunity presents itself, we shall go to Corsica.'
We accordingly made for the only one of the cluster that is inhabited. The population does not exceed a thousand, chiefly Corsicans, who emigrated after the unsuccessful exploits of Paoli. The whole surface of
the island is incrusted with masses of rocks, covered with the orchilla weed ; and the country has such an appearance of devastation, that I can compare it to nothing but a portion of the fragments of a broken-up world.
The little village to which our boatmen conducted us is the only town on the island. It was almost sunset when we landed. The Count was fatigued with the anxiety of the day and the disappointment which he had suffered. One of the boatmen stepped on before to the town, and secured lodgings for us in one of the best cottages; and the Count, on reaching it, resolved to go to bed.
By some unaccountable sympathy, which I had never before experienced, I was seized, immediately on setting may foot on the shore, with a kind of superstitious dread, 80. truly awful, that no words can convey any notion of what I felt; and yet there was nothing in the appear. ance of the place to justify the indulgence of any fear. The sky at the time was as clear as crystal, and the sea as bright and calm as quicksilver ;--the sun hung upon the verge of the horizon, and the boats were drawn close to the water's edge, preparatory to being launched
It was the moment when the labour of the landsmen is on the point of terminating, and the hazards of the smuggler and the fishermen are almost to commence. The women stood at their doors without their distaffs, and the children were wondering at their own shadows. lengthening as the sun declined.
The cottage in which we were to take up our abode, was recommended by an appearance of more industry among the inmates than any other in the place. The front of the house was attractively white-washed ;several articles for sale hung at the window, and each side of the door stood casks of tunny-fish, caviare, and olives.
When the Count had retired to rest, I went and sat down on a bench opposite to a cottage. By this time the twilight had almost faded from the sky; the breeze rose with fresh and delightful blandishments, and the stars sparkled as they shone out with extraordinary brilliancy.
While I was enjoying the freshness of the air and the beauty of the heavens, I heard at some distance on the shore, the sound of a flageolet played with exquisite sweetness and skill. I rose, and walked towards the spot whence the sound proceeded ; but I had not advanced above a hundred yards, when I found myself bewildered among the masses of rock; and I sat down on a stone, content to listen to the melody which, wild and pathetic, came like the voice of an enchantress through the silence of the night.
The fancy unconsciously endeavours, in such situations, to form an image for itself to contemplate, and the character of the music led me to think, that the musician could be no other than some elegant youth, fallen from the fortunes of his fathers, and languishing over the recollection of departed hopes of glory and
The island is inhabited chiefly by Corsican exiles and emigrants. Their way of life at the period of our visit was bold, restless, and piratical. Their leaders had borne a distinguished part in the patriotic exertions of Paoli:---they had descended from their ancient castles with a sounding tread and a lordly spirit. The fajlure of his enterprise scattered them and their fol.
Some sought an asylum among rocks, and forests, and inaccessible fastnesses, and were necessitated to turn the swords which they had drawn to vindicate the liberties of their country, against their earliest friends and fellow-patriots for support. The eyes of history will never discover the atrocities that were then perpetrated in the woods and caverns of Corsica, Hundreds perished of hunger in the recesses of the mountains, and when the peasants yet happen to find a skeleton, they mourn as they commit it to the earth, and remember that their country was once animated with the spirit of freedom.
At the period of my visit to Maddalena with Count Waltzerstein, the troubled temper of the first refugees had subsided, and a sterner energy had succeeded to the zeal of patriotic enthusiasm. They treated the stranger with military frankness, and with hospitality, but among themselves acknowledged the restraint of no law; they were felons and criminals in aetion, desire and practice; but still their former habits lent
n air of dignity to their manners, and depravity was so, universal, that it produced no feeling of repugnance among them to the greatest offenders.
While I was thus busy giving figures and features to this creation, the flageolet stopped suddenly, as if interrupted, and I heard a man hoarsely call from a short distance towards the musician, The voice that replied was clear and masculine, and appropriate to the image I had formed in my fancy. Almost in the same moment, I heard the rustle of some one passing near me, and on turning round, I saw a female form, within a few yards of the stone on which I was sitting, stoop to conceal herself.
The intruder approached close to the musician. I was not near enough to hear distinctly what passed, but there was a menace in the accents of the one, and subdued energy.of remonstrance in those of the other. It was a father and son.
Their altercation, continued about ten minutes, and was. ended by the old man calling with a deep and angry tone on Agatha, his daughter to come to him. She rose from her hiding-place and went towards him. A wild and piercing shriek announced that she had received a wound. A profound silence followed, and I heard something heavy plunged into the sea, which dashed against the rocks in a succession of low and sullen sounds.--I shuddered ; no other sound arose but that of retiring footsteps, for the undulations of the -sea were all soon as hushed as oblivion.
The dawn of the morn now began to appear in the east. After waiting a few minutes; in a strange and indescribable state of mind approaching to horror, I returned to the cottage, unaccountably agitated with vague and hideous imaginings. The wild note of that shriek thrilled in my ear. The silence that followed was so hollow and inexplicable, that I could only ascribe it to mystery and guilt, while the dash of the water seemed expressive of some mournful aequies. cence of Nature to the performance of a dreadful rite.
When I entered the cottage, Count. Waltzerstein had risen, and supper was ready. He chided me for ven. turing out so late ; but observing 'me pale and disturbed, he checked himself, and inquired if I was unwell. »| had not courage to disclose to him the singular apprehension with which I had been seized, and I allowed him to think me really ill, by declining to eat.