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A NAVAL OFFICER.
house, he made no doubt but what the || Carthusian friars, of which he had been a
ANECDOTE OF THE PRINCE DE CONTI AND
« Follow me.” Irritated at this answer, This circumstance gave birth to the idea which he thought very impolite, he exof seeking to return in safety to his native claimed, “By my faith, my good fellow, I land. He made a secret negotiation with think thou art a droll subject, not even to the Venetians, who obtained for him at take the trouble to turn round thy head Rome absolution for his apostacy, seculari- and see who thou art speaking to. Tell sation also, and a considerable benefice in me, wilt thou or no, on which side the Franche Comté, by means of which, he de- King hunts ?"_" Follow me, I say,” replied livered up to them those places formerly l the stranger. under his government.
Enraged at what he fancied a new inWhen he returned to his native pro- , sult, the honest sailor, who was mounted vince, at the moment in which Louis XIV.
on a very bad horse, whose restiveness kept was at war, he served France so essentially, him too far off to ask the reason again for that he obtained several distinguished ho- || this odd behaviour, contented himself with nours; particularly an honourable and cre- | swearing a multitude of oaths, and followed ditable authority at Besançon. The Arch as close as he could. bishopric becoming vacant, the King named The stranger, at length, joined the King, him to succeed to it; but the Pope, shock- || and all the courtiers having made a circle, ed at the idea of making an archbishop of they did homage to the Prince de Conti, an apostate, renegate, and one publicly | who, turning to the mariner, and addressknown as a murderer, constantly refused | ing the King, said, “ Sire, here is a brave his bulls; and Vatteville was obliged to be officer desires to speak with you; may I contented, in exchange, with two good request permission to recommend him to Abbies, and the Archdeaconry of Besançon. Il your Majesty's particular consideration." He lived there in a style equal to that of The King immediately granted the rethe first nobility; he had a pack of hounds, quest of the worthy seaman, who returned and a most sumptuous table; he was out- overwhelmed with gratitude and confuwardly respected, and really dreaded; he sion. paid frequent visits
the monastery of
THE DIVORCE.-A TALE.
RELATED BY A MOTHER TO HER DAUGHTER.
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More scrupulous in my conduct than wished to pass herself for a wit, and accordwhen Mr. Dormeuil's presence encouraged | ingly published a novel, which furnished an me, my society was limited to a small num opportunity of ranking her amongst the ber of ladies of respectability, and of men muses to those sycophants who had aswhose age and known good morals formed sisted her in writing it. Your father was, a rampart against slander. I did not give in some measure, confined in his couutingup the title which my husband had given | house, and no longer met with even the me; his initials remained on my carriage, complaisance of a kept mistress from the I had them engraved on my plate, and took woman who was making a beggar of him, particular care to have it stand conspicuous and who disgraced him by sporting his Whoever had hesitated to call me Madame i name. Dormeuil, would have ceased from that In vain did he attempt to remonstrate, very moment being admitted into my com he could not even obtain an explanation : pany. I knew that she who held my place in answer to all his representations and inwas hurt at my pretensions: but was I ac treaties, the woman to whom he had sacri. countable to the woman who had reduced | ficed me would say:
Indeed, if you go me to the last verge of despair?
on at this rate, it will soon be impossible to I struggled to devour my grief, in order || live with you any longer.” Alas! those to attend to your education, my dear child; || very same words he had formerly addressed neither did my sufferings prevent me from to me, and my submission had not moved bringing you up in the same principles || him to pity. Most unfortunately be adored which I had imbibed. Better it is to suffer || that woman, who was too void of feelings than to be guilty. Informed of every cir- || and delicacy not to abuse her empire over cumstance that occurred in Mr. Dormeuils him: a single caress would sooth and pafamily, I was, I confess, impatient, in the cify him; and so long as he could afford to expectation that the woman whom he had pay for her caresses, I was but too well conassociated to his destiny, should avenge her vinced that she would retain him in her whom he had forsaken. Neither was I de- chains. ceived in my presentiment. Could she be Although, when he married her, she was a dutiful wife, who had acquired that title portionless, he acknowledged her having only by breaking asunder bonds already brought him a considerable fortune. When formed?
she became a mother, she appeared to be Prodigality and inconsiderate pomp had jealous of you, my dear child, and succeeded succeeded to good order, regularity, and in prevailing on your father to make all his comfort in your father's house. He had purchases in the name she bore prior to her renounced certain and honourable commer- || having assumed that of Dormeuil. He cial operations to venture into idle specu thus became dependent on her, yet he was lations, which, whilst a man is obliged to weak enough to yield consent to her inkeep up appearances, will but too often | sinuations. Thus he was removing you leave him on a sudden destitute of every || from his heart as he had formerly discarded
me, and deprived you of your rights as he His new companion, who had beheld in || had divested me of mine. The uncertainty their union only a fortune to be gained, and attending his speculations was an additional the liberty of indulging her extravagant motive for him to use the name of Madepropensities, soon became the prototype of moiselle Olivier : he imagined that he was fashion. At balls, at the theatres, in the securing to himself a resource in case of public walks, admirers thronged around | misadventure. Unfortunate Dormeuil ! her; her house was open to the amateurs what was become of the probity hereditary of pleasure and dissipation : she besides so far in thy family. The example that
thy father had set thee was lost! I cannot an hour, before his second wife had an exforbear repeating it : “ He who fails in the ecution in his house, which he was enjoined discharge of one of his duties, will soon be to give' up, besides the intimation of her tray them all successively;" and he who, sueing for a divorce, on account of the in. by forsaking me, had broken asunder so compatibility of tempers. many bonds, could be brought back into This event, which I had foreseen, stunned the paths of virtue only by an excess of me: notwithstanding I was avenged, I was disappointments and wretchedness. far from feeling happy! What was to be
The moment was drawing pear. The come of your father? Was I to expect his behaviour of your father's second wife was return only from the ingratitude of the wobecome so scandalous that he could no lon man whom he had preferred to me? The ger put up with it without exposing bjm- most gloomy reflections assaulted me! I self to public ridicule, and yet he dared not appointed several persons to watch and obo use all his authority for fear of necessitating serve my husband, and thought of follow. a rupture, that would be accompanied with ing only the dictates of my reason, whilst his total ruin. What an humiliation for a I yielded to the suggestions of the most tenman who is not lost to every sentiment of der affection, honour! Each day brought on new scenes,
I was informed that he had left his house when that artful woman had recourse al- || without the least representation, and I apternately to threats, intreaties, scorn, and proved of his having done so : the more caresses, according as she thought it would fortitude he would display, the more I was the better answer her purpose. Mr. Dor- | inclined to esteem him., I felt apprehen. meuil was reduced to the necessary pre- sive, however, lest he would go bewailing caution of concealing from her the real cir- | his hard fate from door to door; but he had cumstances he was in, having observed that good sense enough to know, that situated her regard for him diminished in propor as he was, no friends were to be relied upon; tion as he appeared willing to use economy, perhaps, also, he was conscious, that from and rather embarrassed how to honour his his behaviour he had no right to complain. engagements.
He took refuge in an hotel. Unfortunate Had I been allowed to see him,—had I wretch ! Husband to two wives, both dared to advise him, I would have said to alive! Father of two children, by different him :-" It is too late, your ruin is unavoid wives,—so lately in affluence, now forlorn, able; but at least avoid disgrace, and wait and reduced to seek ap asylum in a house not until a woman turus you out of your open for the reception of wanderers! What own house. A repudiated wife is often in a situation! What pangs had he to en. the eyes of the public a victim only, whom
dure! opinion is eager to console; but a man ex The only servant who had followed him pelled by her who bears his name, whom was the man so devoted to me, whom I he has overwhelmed with benefits, will have already mentioned. I sent ten times always appear more deserving of contempt in the course of the day to enquire after than of pity." How many times was 1| Mr. Dormeuil. I would have willingly tempted to write to him again! Shall I || given half of what I was worth to find out confess to you, my dear child, from what || a pretence for flying to assist him. Yet sentiment I was withheld, when to this very | how many considerations kept me from day I cannot account for it to myself? No, him? I was afraid lest too much eagerI never considered as legal the union be ness should appear troublesome to him: if tween your father and my rival; and yet I || he had been in distress only, I should not should have thought myself guilty of a have hesitated one single moment; but he crime if I had intervened to dissolve that was so culpable towards me that I was union, even at the moment when I foresaw | obliged to use great caution to render my the rupture was inevitable.
presence supportable. Was I even certain In the mean time the new company, of whether he did not still love the woman which Mr. Dormeuil was a partner, was who had betrayed bim? The passion with 'forced to stop payment; and the circum- | which she had inspired him was so oppostance had not yet been rumoured for above || site to all the ideas l had conceived of love,
that I was at a loss to divine whether so mouth of your father, removed at once all much ingratitude had dried up the source my fears, and restored me to all my rights, of his desires or of his weakness.
My former courage returned; I forbade I was informed by his servant that the him to speak, and exacted obedience to my fortitude which he had displayed upon amands, both concerning him and in his leaving his home, forsook him since he was name. By degrees he grew accustomed to left solitary. Subsequently to violent agi- | my attendance, and was obliged to use viotation, he had gone to bed, and a burning | lence to force me to hear, that for a second thirst denoted a feverish state. I sent for time he was indebted to me for his life. my physician, to whom I imparted in what No other avowal relative to our cruel sepamanner he might gain access; but Mr. || ration would I ever allow him to utter. Dormeuil refused admitting him. This As soon as I thought it, and that it was piece of intelligence stung me to the quick. found practicable, I had him conveyed to Was it on account of my having solicited
I had previously requested, the doctor's attendance that he had been that never in your presence, my dear child, refused admittance?.
the least word should be mentioned tendBe it as it may, the fever increased, and ing to let you into the secret of your father's my apprehensions knew no bounds. Too past conduct. When he saw you, he bath deeply alarmed' to listen to any considera- ed you with his tears, and recommended tion, in company with a confidential female | your never ceasing to love me. You were sure servant, I repaired to the hotel where your prised at the intimation, because you could father had taken up his residence. So long | not be aware at the time of what passed as he continued delirious I did not leave his
within his mind. To have restored your bedside; and by the excess of my grief I father to health would have been but a was made acquainted with my own weak- secondary consideration, if his character ness. I was proud in the idea of discharg- remained not unimpeached. My agent was ing a duty; I thought I had triumphed in possession of my entire confidence, and over all my just resentment; but whilst most deservingly so. I invited Mr. Dorviewing Dormeuil, I trembled for his life; meuil to give him his power of attorney, I became but too sensible that I had never and the trusty man attended to the liquiceased loving him, therefore, when he was
dation of the engagements entered into by out of danger I could not determine to with the company to which your father bedraw. When he saw me, he looked as if || longed. annihilated by my presence.
Too weak The firm, notwithstanding apparent emto be able to speak, he seemed fearful of barrassments, had, in fact, sustained but turning his eyes towards me: I seized one very inconsiderable loss; my signature reof his hands, which I pressed within mine moved many difficulties, yet I never would as a token of reconciliation, without his give it but with a certainty of risking only returning any kind of answer, even by a what I was willing to lose. My duty toslight motion. My tears then began afresh | wards your father never induced me to forto flow abundantly. “Dormeuil,” said I, || get what lowed to you. “ do you command me to leave you?"
The day on which his divorce from Ma“Julia !” exclaimed he, “ do you wish to demoiselle Olivier was pronounced, was for kill me?"
me a day of happiness; methought he was Alas ! I could feel that life within me more strongly bound to me. Though he was nearly extinct. Your father had just had retained for her the least partiality, the been speaking to me; it was three years behaviour of which she made a parade, since I had heard his voice, that voice would alone have sufficed to cure him. whose sound had never reached my ears
Could you believe, that overloaded with without causing my heart to beat. My the spoils of Mr. Dormeuil, she carried her name was the first word which he had ut- | effrontery so far as to claim a pension for tered; he had called me Julia, the same as her daughter, unless he preferred taking he was wont to do during the days of our
the child with him ? l'invited him to claim happiness. He therefore had not forgotten her as his own; but I never hinted even my name. That name, so sweet in the at the possibility of the girl being admitted
into my family. She was taken to a board- parison to what I had now to endure. Ining-school, without my having seen her. capable of upbraiding him with his past I felt chagrined at seeing your father re conduct that he lamented,—not daring to duced so low in his own estimation as not enjoy the present,-without hopes with to presume soliciting in behalf of his other | regard to the future,-every thought of daughter; but it was above my power to mine being coupled with sorrow,- every act otherwise. The illusion which I had desire attended with remorse! I could not entertained for a while had already va but delight in that grief which shortened nished. The laws, my dear child, had the period of my existence. In this respect much more authority than I had sup- I so far proved successful,--my constitution posed : Dormeuil was no longer my hus. was impaired.
and in spite of myself I was no lon I had been told that I might marry my ger the wife of Dormeuil! It is this horrid husband a second time. Alas! the need of truth that has hurried me to my grave. linking anew his existence to mine, whis
The contract, by virtue of which our pered it more loudly still than the laws, and property had been made common, was an my tortures increased in proportion. Was nulled; and fruitless were all my endea. || 1, by a second marriage, to consent to renvours to persuade your father that he was der legal my divorce, and Dormeuil's sacrithe only master in the house: myvery efforts | legious union with my rival?-No; never. to convince him that I wished to consider Although the voice of my conscience had him as such, made him sensible that he had
not spoken louder than my desires, know, once ceased being so. Nay, his submission || your mother, my beloved child, felt in her also brought it back to my own mind. bosom an inexpressible delicacy, which How severely did I suffer to be reckoned warned her that a second marriage would every thing, and Mr. Dormeuil nothing! || put an end to the esteem she entertained Wherefore did that unfortunate divorce ever for herself, and, perchance, to the affection take place?
which your father had inspired me with. Most undoubtedly he had renounced his It is now all over; the blow has proved former errors, loved me as I deserved, and mortal. The attention of Dormeuil, and as I had ever wished to be beloved; but || his grief increase my despair: however, I could he speak to me of virtuous and dis- | feel great satisfaction from the certainty interested love whilst a dependent on me? | that he loves me, and that he will never What claim had I to those caresses which cease regretting me. Be
you his comforter intimacy renders so familiarly welcome be- || when I am no more. I am well assured tween man and wife? Was he mine hus- | that he will often speak of me to you. band ?-Yes, in the bottom of his heart | When you have attained that age at which he had never ceased being so; and yet, in I intend this present writing to be given to the name of the laws I appeared to keep a you, you may then let him know how much criminal intercourse with a man who was I doated on him. I alone knew it, and my
-! who was no longer my husband ! || dissolution even is inadequate to the task of Cruel, dreadful situation! Both shis tears il manifesting the liveliness of the attachment and mine warned us, upon many occasions, || that I had vowed to him. that those laws had decreed us strangers to Farewel, my dear child! at some future each other.
period your tears will mingle on this paper Devoted by fate a victim to the varying with those that shower from my eyes in this passions of Dormeuil, it was when he sin last adieu. cerely and wholly returned to me that my
Adieu then! sacrifice every thing to your misfortunes became irremediable. What || duty; love your father, and watch over her I had bitherto suffered was trifling in com.
whom he has made your sister.