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as : frank and gentle as in other days; but in a moment, she would seem to recollect herself, and become as ceremonious as if they were the acquaintances of a day. Charles knew this not to be Mary's natu- ' ral character, and he fancied that it was a lesson some one had taught her, and that she had not learnt well..
This all disturbed him greatly; but what added not a little, was to find that the baron de
S had not yet left Rome: He called almost immediately after their arrival; all his former intimacy with lord Burton was renewed, and his visits at their house became constant. Charles could not help owning to himself that he was a most agreeable man, after the first coldness of his manner was got over; but his heart smote him every time the baron's name was announced, and he feared lest some circumstance should disclose to Mary or lady Anne his former entanglement with the baroness. . Jealousy also combined to make him
miserable: lord Burton in Rome met with another friend, a young English noble. mán, of large fortune, elegant manners, and prepossessing appearance. He was introduced to Mary, whose beauty and amiable disposition soon seemed to make a deep impression on him, and every act of common civility which his cousin displayed towards him, Charles construed into a demonstration in his favour. This then," he said to himself, « is the young Englishman for whom Frederic told me that he destined his sister."
A thousand times he cursed his own folly, in not having opened his heart to Mary at Florence, while both her brother and herself yet held in mind any little service he had rendered her; but he had been then prevented by discovering lord Burton in that Wilmot so well acquainted with the story of the baroness; and now he resolved, and re-resolved, but feared to declare his feelings, and in the mean while remained entirely altered from his
what you are going to speak about it is Malden and my sister Caroline."
“ You are right, Charles,» answered his cousin; " but I am afraid poor Malden may find it no very laughing affair: your father is as good a man as ever existed, but he is not without his share of aristocratical pride."
“ And a very large share too,” answered Charles; “ but if Caroline herself be won, sir Charles will not hold out long, I am sure. He will be angry at first, I suppose, as a matter of course; but Mr. Malden has been a favourite of his from the beginning he took one of those unaccountable prepossessions in his favour which he sometimes does at first sight. Caroline too manages generally pretty well to have her own way, so I do not think his case is very desperate." .
" In justice to Malden, I must tell you,” said lord Burton, “ that he has not yet at all committed himself with your sister; he is far above any underhand proceeding.
prived of in character. Yet there are some in every age, either of civilization or rudeness, that will redeem the name of the one from insensibility, the other from barbarism. There are a few perhaps, even in the present day, that feel brightly.
Whatever were the faults or failings of Charles Melville, (and he had many,) coldness of heart was not amongst them. In some instances, perhaps his feelings were morbidly sensible, and in the present instance, they were excited to a degree that deprived him of all peace. He was now too surely convinced that his affection for Mary had been one of long existence, and saw as clearly as any body the follies he had been guilty of, and the deceits he had practised on himself, merely because he did not choose to be dictated to in any respect. He felt that he did not deserve her, and he feared that she might see his conduct in the same light. It was true he possessed advantages which no other mán did, in the constant opportunity of
winning but after all, what is rank, but a mark that the founder of the family who bears it was a good, a wise, or a brave man? that he deserved well of his country, and that his country bestowed upon him hereditary honour, not only as a reward to himself, but as a stimulus to his descendants, inciting them to actions worthy of their name? And sure I am, that those who derogate from the honour of their ancestors, far more debase it in the eyes of the world, than those who declaim against the institution itself. Malden is a gentleman, both by profession and mannersCaroline has a handsome fortune of her own, and nothing would gratify me more than to see her united to so amiable a man."