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to this sort of thing than Charles Melville, for he had some curiosity, and a good deal of imagination; and though he well knew that every supposition he could form would most likely be wrong, he set about accounting for what he had met with in the cave, and gave himself no small trouble to raise and overthrow a thousand plausible theories; to all of which he found some objection; and at last determined in his own mind, that in all probability some one had met with some accident on the water, and had been taken there for shelter, till such time as they could be removed to the town. He might be right, or he might be wrong I know nothing about it I will know nothing about it, till I get to the part of the story that tells us.
The villa with which they had all been so much fascinated, since the unpleasant occurrence which drew lord Burton from Naples, had lost much of its attraction in the eyes of lady Anne Milsome and Mary; and Charles, though he hated any
thing in the least approaching to petty politics, by no means opposed himself to a scheme which the two ladies had concetved, of proceeding on their tour immediately. The truth was, he wished they were once more arrived in England. Had Mary, as he had solicited, given him her hand there, the prolongation of their residence in scenes of such unparalleled loveliness, would have been a pleasure rather than anything else. But now all his hopes were fixed in England; and though he did not choose to let it be too apparent, he was all impatience for the termination of their rambling.
Following the original plan of visiting the Ionian Islands, lady Anne proposed that they should proceed directly to Corfu; and it may be imagined, that Charles not only caught at the idea with avidity, but very soon contrived to get 'every thing prepared for their journey, or rather voy. age. Mary, from their frequent water parties, had become an excellent sailor.
She was greatly improved in health since their stay at Naples, and Charles 'might have thought in beauty also. But in his eyes she was perfect; and gazing upon her with admiration, only softened by the tenderness of affection, he felt that she might vie in loveliness with any that Greece could shew, and in mind-how far superior to any that it had ever produced !
Their voyage was most favourable; the weather at sea was the best that could be wished-fair, light winds, blue sunny skies and waves, that scarcely rocked their bark, as she bounded gaily over them. They were but a short time in progress, and on arriving at the port of Corfu, 'a new and interesting scene presented itself to their eyes. The curious mixture of dress, the English soldier and the Greek peasant, was what first attracted attention. A thousand other novelties succeeded; so that like the pictures in the Exhibition, it was some time before Charles could set them to rights in his head.
Amongst Amongst other letters of introduction, they had one to a gentleman now no more, and one to a Mr. I- . Who is there that has been in the Ionian Isles, and does not know Mr. I- ? one of the most agreeable, as well as the most amiable of men; who gives to virtue its true character of gentleness, and to elegant urbanity the steady foundation of rectitude. In very early years he is said to have dramatized a favourite tale, which has since, on every stage of almost every country, given a subject to the dancer, the actor, and the musician. Charles Melville soon knew him, and to know him is to esteem him; and afterwards, in leaving Corfu, Charles almost regretted that he had ever become acquainted with one from whom it was so painful to part. However, the information he gained from Mr. I was much; and by him his attention was directed to all those objects most worthy of remark in the colony. After being a few days at Corfu, Charles
began to enter more into the particular beauties of the country. As the seat of government, its principal excellence seemed the harbour, which, as far as he could judge, was a very good one. But, in a picturesque point of view, it had more claims on attention. The distant prospect of the continental part of Greece, coloured with the soft peculiar purple tint that this climate seems to lend to all far objects, formed a beautiful and varied background to most of the views; and to Charles, remembrance gave a greater interest to the whole, when he thought that he was standing on ground, which Homer painted as the first landing-place of Ulysses, after leaving the island of Calypso ; and though indeed he could not trace the royal gardens of Alcinous, yet still he felt that
“ The balmy spirit of the western gale,
and saw that though there, as every where else, the works of man have fallen to de