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It was now eighteen months, and Clara ( playing on the guittar! Don Ferdinand had not heard any thing of Don Ferdinand, I did not know his wife, though he looked when she saw a person who had met him at her with much attention: it is true, that at Seville. She resolved to join him there, || sorrow, necessity, and grief, had very much and make every effort to recall him to his altered her countenance. home and family. One thing embarrassed Lucretia took Donna Clara into her serher much, and that was the choice of some vice; and the latter, in the hope of breaking person to whom she could confide her off a connection which had rendered her daughters during her absence. Donna || life wretched, resolved to submit to one Juana had been professed in the convent who was every way her inferior. Her she had made choice of, and congratulated | new mistress gave her up the keys of all herself every day that she had not been so her effects, except that which opened a unfortunate as to be the wife of Don Ferdi- || closet, wherein were kept her books and nand; and having heard of Donna Clara's many rare curiosities ; she gave her the suembarrassments, she requested her to call | perintendance over the other domestics, on her in the Convent. After having re- || and recommended to her, above all things, lated all that had passed between her and the greatest care and attention towards Ferdinand, she proposed to Clara to take | Don Ferdinand. Donna Clara dissembled the charge of her chi ren's education. her anguish, and for a whole year she lived Clara, penetrated with the most lively gra- | as a servant to these two companions, lo titude, accepted her offers; and the young | whom she endeared herself by her gentleladies being immediately confided to herness and obligingness, so as entirely to gain care, Juana gave the mother a purse their affection. Kindness, in every shape, well filled, to defray the expence of her the presence of her husband, the best and expedition.

most nourishing food, soon restored to Donna Clara had a pleasant journey to Clara all her former beauty. Lucretia fell Seville; but she found herself under much into a severe indisposition, and this caused embarrassment in a populous city, where inexpressible grief and vexation to Don she had not one single acquaintance; she | Ferdinand. On the fourth day the fever was totally ignoraut of the place where her was so violent, that the physicians despairhusband lodged, and also of the name he ed of Lucretia's life ; and, notwithstanding had adopted : she passed three months in the secret hatred which Clara could not fruitless researches, and finding she should but feel towards her who had deprived her soon be without money, she thought it of the affections of her husband, she atbetter to settle herself at Seville, than to tended her during her sickness with the return to Toledo, without baving fulblled | most assiduous care. Dinner time being what she came there for. One day she arrived, Don Ferdinand came home one asked one of her new acquaintance, uamed day from a walk, and going into one of the Donna Laurenza, if she knew any lady | apartments, he saw Clara laying the cloth who wanted a waiting. - woman: the lady || for dinner; it was the first time she had said she knew one at that time, who actu- | found herself alone with him, and as he ally had applied to her to recommend her enquired after the health of her mistress, one, that she was an elderly lady, with a he considered her countenance very attenyoung husband, and that she would find it tively, and with apparent emotion. Clara a very easy situation. Wbat were her emo blushed, Don Ferdinand seized her hand, tions when on presenting herself, she found and said, “I really believe it is my dear it to be Lucretia, whom she well remem wite, who has been our servant this year bered, and her husband sitting by her, I paste Hosy is it that I did not recollect

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you? Who could inform you where I was ? | that Lucretia had never been any thing Tell me how are my daughters ? and where but his mistress. The Officers of Justice have you left them?"

then thought proper for her to make this Thus speaking, he could not resist the || deposition before the Lieutenant of the ardent emotions of his returning tenderness, || Corregidor. He was sent for immediately, but straining his wife to his bosom, they || and he came, accompanied by several percould only express their mutual sensations sons of rank, belonging to the town, who by their tears and embraces.

were curious to hear the end of this extraDonna Clara, by such an unexpected ordinary adventure. After he had written event, experienced in succession to her late | down the depositions of the witnesses, and affliction, the most lively joy, and tenderly || interrogated the accused parties, he was returned the caresses of Don Ferdinand.- soon persuaded of their innocence, and set When the tumult of emotion, caused by this them free. He found also that the crime circumstance, had in part subsided, she re

alone rested on Lucretia, and that as she lated to him all that had befallen her since || had no lawful heirs, her wealth would be her departure from Toledo. Their conversa confiscated, after Clara had been paid her tion, which took place near the chamber of wages. Lucretia, was too lively and animated for With this money, and with what reher not to hear some part of it. However, mained of that which Donna Juana had all that she could comprehend was, that given her on her departure from Toledo, Don Ferdinand and her chamber-maid || she hired a coach to take back Don Ferseemed to be much delighted with each dinand. Grief had brought on him a disother. Furious at their daring to use so

order which he hoped his native air might little circumspection, wbile she was lying | contribute to cure. But this remedy was on a sick bed, she called Donna Clara, too late; his constitution, already broken and asked her, with a degree of severity, | by intemperance, could not stand against what was the nature of her very long con the deep melancholy which had taken hold ference with Don Ferdinand ? Clara, hav on him, and which augmented every day, ing no longer any desire to preserve the from the disordered state of his affairs. friendship of Lucretia, told her that she He was reduced to such extreme indigence, had regained the affection of her husband, | that he had nothing to subsist on but what and had cured him of his ridiculous passion Donna Juana sent him from the convent. for her." • It is time, added she, “ to throw At length, after having languished for two off the mask. You have too long retained months, he died, testifying no other regret Don Ferdinand, and that in a way not very but that of being separated from his bee honourable to yourself.” She then more loved Clara; who, on her side, found hera fully informed her she was his wife.' Lu- | self so overwhelmed with sorrow at his cretia was thunderstruck at this uuforeseen loss, and the necessity to which she found intelligence, aud, for her, disadvantageous herself reduced, and which she durst disevent. Despair and rage uniting their cover to no one, that her life seemed preforce to the violent fever she was in, caused served by a miracle alone. When she knew in her frame so terrible a revolution, that not which course to take, not daring again in a few minutes she was bereft of speech to apply to Donna Juana, who was at great and life.

expence already in the education of her This sudden accident produced such daughters, she received assistance from a dreadful shrieks amongst the young women quarter she little expected, and which was who attended her, that the whole neigh a just reward for the virtues of her noble bourhood ran to see what was the matter; mind. and the Justice having been informed of Don Sancho had just lost his father, and this event, hastened to the house of the de- had quitted town to take possession of some funct. They seized on the person of Don considerable estates in the country. While Ferdinand, and interrogated all the ser Clara was absent, he had no wish to revants, who reported all they knew about turn; neither would he listen to any pro. it. Donna Clara maintained that she was posals of marriage.

He had no sooner the legitimate wife of Don Ferdinand, and heard that she was come back to Toledo,

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than he sat off privately, and arrived there 1) this generous proceeding, attempted to the day of Don Ferdinand's death. He throw herself at his feet. But he prevented soon called at the house of the widow, and her by taking one of her beautiful bands, after having paid her some distant compli- || and imprinting on it a fervent kiss. Arments, le buried her husband at his owo || dent to accelerate his felicity, he sent im- | expence, and with the same magnificence | mediately to a notary to prepare the conas he had observed at the funeral of his | tract: and in a short time after, having father. After this service was over, he re obtained permission of the King to celeturned to Donna Clara, accompanied by brate his marriage, be married Donna some of the first noblemen belonging to the Clara, and observed the utmost splendor court, whom he had caused to follow as

in the ceremony of his nuptials. mourners; and he thus addressed her : Don Sancho did not limit his generosity “ Madamn, I have just been rendering one merely to Donna Clara: he extended it to ! last service to Don Ferdinand. You well

the daughters of this virtuous female, and know the motives which urged me to it, settled on them a handsome fortune, when and no one is ignorant of any passion for he found them determined on takiøg the you, which has increased with time; al

veil, in the same convent in which they though you have never shewn me the least had been educated. The heart of Doona favour since your marriage, which could give Clara was too grateful not to love with sin. nie any kind of hope, the respect and admi cere affection, so generous a husband, and ration which I have ever felt for your vir whose love had been so tried and constant. tue, have contributed to render me con- || The remainder of their days were passed in stant to your beauty; capable, indeed, of the most happy harmony, and they had a ! itself alone, to triumph over the most in progeny which inherited their virtues with sensible heart. We are both of us now their riches; while the virtuous Clara exindependent of the will of others, since I perienced in this happy union the recomhave no longer a parent, nor you a hus- l pence of her patient goodness, which had band. It is time to reward my fidelity, made her support with fortitude, those seand to let your virtue be crowned by vere sorrows to which she had been for. wealth.” Donna Clara, penetrated with || merly exposed.



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FRANK was overwhelmed with grief; || his eyes continually fixed on the glass, he how could he contrive to see Meta again ? || had the satisfaction, at the expiration of a How could he succeed in gaining her affec- few days, to behold the celestial face of tions? After mature deliberation he de- | Meta. Dame Brigite, as Frank had jutermined to remove the alarms of the mo diciously imagined, seeing him no longer, ther by never appearing at his window ; || thought that she had been mistaken, that but low then shall he know whether that she had tired his patience, or that he had of his neighbours is open, and whether left his lodgings; at any rate, the curtain, the curtain is up? Love renders his vo which had impeded their work, was drawn taries ingenious. Frank sold one of the up, and Frank could see in his glass much rings he had teft, bought a pier glass, and better than from his window, where he hung it up at the farther extremity of his could not look with as much attention. apartment, but in such a manner that the With this scheme, however, he was not house opposite was entirely represented.fully satisfied; Meta was unacquainted Ilis post of observation thus established, with it -Meta did not suspect that he Frank no longer shewed himself, and with thought of her only, or that he could see his back urned towards the window, and " her: by what means was she to be informe

ed of it? By dint of weighing the matter, besides, his music is agreeable to hear in his mind, he thought at last of a good | whilst we are at work.” contrivance. His lute, which had been Meta returned no answer, because she confined to its case since Frank had had doubted not but the lazy body and the lute other occupations, might serve him as an || player were but one; she continued spininterpreter. He took it out, tuned it, and ning, as her mother spoke, and only left began playing in the amoroso mood. off her work to cultivate her flowers.

Frank was no very skilful musician : Frank was pleased when he saw in his but is not love the best of all teachers ? || glass a rose and a myrtle tree. Meta Frank soon became an accomplished vir- | watered, tied, placed them close to each tuoso, and could express with equal abili- || other, or removed them to a distance, acties, joy, sadness, uncertainty, hope, de- || cording to the modulations of the fute. spair, in short, the various changes which || When she left the window only for a few the tender passion will give rise to. When || moments, she placed them at a short disMeta appeared at the window, the har- | tance; if she was to be absent for some monious lute expressed joy and happiness ; || hours, the pots then occupied both extreand if she continued there, the sounds be- || mities of the board; on her return, they came so soft, so tenderly affectionate, so ex were drawn quite close to one another : pressive, that they spoke a declaration in the lute most faithfully accompanied the due form; they penetrated to the very motions of the vases; and before it was soul of the youthful maid, and caused her to long, Meta was convinced that her neighshed tears. When she withdrew, the ac

bour could see her and her vases, and that cents of the instrument were sorrowful : || he understood their meaning the same as if she delayed reappearing, they spoke im- she comprehended the language of the patience; when the matron approached,

fute. the lute was expressive of rage; in fine,

Frank, when at dinner with his landnever had any instrument spoken with lady, had been making enquiries about more precision, and in a manner so very | their opposite neighbours, and from her, intelligible, that Meta was soon sensible of besides what he already knew, was informwhat she was given to understand : she, ined that Meta longed for a new gown, her turn, racked her little brains to find out which her mother had refused giving her, the means of answering the lute without because there was a scarcity of hemp that speaking; and she succeeded.

year, and that on account of the high price “ Dear mother,” said she one day to her, of the article she had been obliged to leave although I am so fond of flowers I never

off trade. see any, as we never go out walking; allow Frank instantly took another of his mome, then, to have a few pots on our win- | ther's rings, sold it to a jeweller, and with dow.” Dame Brigite, who did not foresee | the whole of the money bought a good lot that her compliance could be attended of hemp. Next, by means of Aattering, with danger, granted the request: she, no

and of offering a small present to the wodoubt, heard the lute also, but not in a like

man from whom he had made the purchase, manner to what Meta did; she only fancied he prevailed on her to go and offer the that some musician had taken Frank's hemp for sale to Dame Brigite, at a reduced lodgings, and that he thought of nothing price. Brigite was delighted at her barbut of improving in his profession ; she gain, paid what she was asked, sold the praised his talent, her daughter likewise hemp for double what it had cost her, bestowed some encomiums, but such only and on the Sunday following Frank had the as could not create suspicion.

* I like this pleasure of seeing in his glass his fair Meta, musician far better than his lazy, idle, pre- ready to go to church, decked in a pretty decessor," would Dame Brigite say; " he

new gown, that fitted her nicely, and made is industrious in his way: the other would

her look 'still handsomer; and as Brigite sit and stare all day long at his window,

never spun on Sundays, she accompanied without attempting any kind of occupa

her daughter. tion; this one, at least, cultivates a talent The moment Frank imagined they were Which may be productive of sonie benefit: Il beyond the house, he ventured 'to his win

dow that he might still look at the pretty , of Meta, the new gown was sold , and the gown, or rather at the fine shape of the amount of what it fetched, together with wearer. Meta, at that same instant, turned what remained from the sale of the hemp, round her head just to tuck up her gown, was carefully wrapped up, and directed to when a look at the window of her neigh- Frank, under the post-mark of Hamburgh. bour, who still held his lute in his hand, When the young man first received it, he convinced her that she had not been mis- thought that some of his father's former taken, and that the observer and the mu debtors were making restitution; he thanked sician were but the same identical being. his kind stars for the unexpected relief, and She felt overjoyed at the discovery, and the flew before his glass iņ hopes to enjoy the first thing she did on her return home, was still greater happiness of seeing his Meta; to run to her flower pots. She was a long : when, alas! he only discovered the plaguy time about them, and placed the myrtle so curtain, more closely drawn, and thicker, near its companion, that a beautiful full in his opinion, than it was before. The blown rose got interwoven between the flower-pots, however, were still out. Dame verdant branches of the shrub. Meta | Brigite's penetration had not gone so far seemed delighted at the sight, at her neigh- as to suspect their meaning; the luxuriant bour still more so, for, at the very mstant, rose still shone amidst the branches of the his lute was heard, but words are insuffi- | myrtle plant, and the sight of it kept the cient to render all that it expressed. Alas! | lover's hopes alive ; the flowers must needs it will not unfrequently happen, that when | be taken care of, thought he, and he waited we think ourselves the most happy, then for the event. Towards the evening the the greatest misfortune is near at hand, and curtain, indeed, was withdrawn; his heart Frank experienced it most severely. Dame | began to beat; he drew nearer to his glass, Brigite had been so pleased with her pur- | when he saw the emaciated hauds of Brichase of hemp, that in hopes of procuring | gite unmercifully separating the two vases, more, and through gratitude for the vender, and successively taking them into the she invited her to a small collation. The room; but love, with a view of alleviating repast being ended, Brigite enquired whe- | his sorrow, allowed him to see Meta, standther there was any more hemp to be got ating by the side of her mother, and wiping the same price? The guest replied, tirat | off her tears with her sweet hand. He imshe was not certain her employer would mediately applied to his lute, in strains so wish to continue so ruivous a traffic: this expressive of blended grief and joy, that all was the prelude to an explanation, in con who were passivg by stopped to listen to sequence of which the dame discovered that them. Dame Brigite heard them also, the musician and the hemp merchant were but now put a right construction upon no other than the young profligate, whose them; she recollected that her daughter's assiduity at his window had created so partiality to flowers was nearly of the same much uneasiness to her; and what he had | date as the first sounds she had heard of done with the hemp, evinced that he had || the lute; and by means of summing up neither quitted the neighbourhood, nor re what she knew with what had taken place, nounced his pretensions on the heart of she guessed at their dumb intelligence, and Meta. She cast a look at her daughter, immediately determined upon leaving so who, with a blush of similar hue to that of alarming a neighbourhood. the rose interwoven with the myrtle Frank, when he awoke on the next branches, cast down her beautiful eyes, and morning, enjoyed the lively, but short pleawas enraptured at what she had just heard ; sure, of discovering every part of Meta's yet she wished she alone had been apprized | chamber; no curtain, no mother, no obof it. , Dame Brigite, on her side, was no stacle obstructed his view : but there was less grieved at her daughter being made no Meta, no spinning wheel, no rose, no acquainted with the circumstance. She ex- || myrtle shrub to be seen, the whole had claimed aloud against the young prodigal || disappeared, and all Frank's hopes vanishseducer, as she called him upwards of fifty | ed. times; however, she proceeded to farther On his going to enquire what was be. extremities. Notwithstanding the tears come of his neighbours, the landlady in

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