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tunity; yet, when I proceeded to execute my plan, my limbs failed me, and I sunk to the ground. Again I rose; and, exerting all the firmness of which I was master, removed the planks which I had placed before my hovel to conceal my retreat. The fresh air revived me, and, with renewed determination, I approached the door of their cottage. “I knocked. “Who is there * said the old man—“Come in.” “I entered; “Pardon this intrusion,” said I, ‘ I am a traveller in want of a little rest; you would greatly oblige me, if you would allow me to remain a few minutes before the fire.” “‘Enter,’ said De Lacy; ‘and I will try in what manner I can relieve your Wants; but, unfortunately, my children. are from home, and, as I am blind, I am afraid I shall find it difficult to procure food for you.’

““Do not trouble yourself, my kind host, I have food; it is warmth and rest only that I need.”

“I sat down, and a silence ensued. I knew that every minute was precious to me, yet I remained irresolute in what manner to commence the interview; when the old man addressed me—

“‘By your language, stranger, I suppose you are my countryman;—are ou French **

“‘No; but I was educated by a

French family, and understand that
language only. I am now going to
claim the protection of some friends,
whom I sincerely love, and of whose
favour I have some hopes.”
“ “Are these Germans ?”
“‘No, they are French. Butletus
ehange the subject. I am an unfortu-
nate and deserted creature; I look
around, and I have no relation or friend

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upon earth. These amiable people to whom I go have never seen me, and know little of me. I am full of fears; for if I fail there, I am an outcast in the world for ever.’ ““Do not despair. To be friendless is indeed to be unfortunate; but the hearts of men, when unprejudiced by any obvious self-interest, are full of brotherly love and charity. Rely, therefore, on your hopes; and if these friends are good and amiable, do not despair.”

“‘ They are kind—they are the most excellent creatures in the world ; but, unfortunately, they are prejudiced against me. I have good dispositions; my life has been hitherto harmless, and, in some degree, beneficial ; but a fatal prejudice clouds their eyes, and where they ought to see a feeling and kind friend, they behold only a detestable monster.”

“‘That is indeed unfortunate; but if you are really blameless, cannot you undeceive them o'

“ ‘ I am about to undertake that task; and it is on that account that I feel so many overwhelming terrors. I tenderly love these friends; I have, unknown to them, been for many months in the habits of daily kindness towards them ; but they believe that I wish to injure them, and it is that prejudice which I wish to overcome.’

“ ‘Where do these friends reside o' “‘Near this spot.’

“ The old man paused, and then

continued, “If you will unreservedly conside to me the particulars of your tale, I perhaps may be of use in undeceiving them. I am blind, and cannot judge of your countenance, but there is something in your words which persuades me that you are sincere. I am poor, and an exile; but it will afford me true pleasure to be in any way serviceable to a human creature.” “‘Excellent man ' I thank you, and accept your generous offer. You raise me from the dust by this kindness; and I trust that, by your aid, I shall not be driven from the society and sympathy of your fellow-creatures.’ “‘Heaven forbid! even if you were really criminal; for that can only drive you to desperation, and not instigate you to virtue. I also am unfortunate; I and my family have been condemned, although innocent: judge, therefore, if I do not feel for your misfortunes.’ “‘How can I thank you, my best and only benefactor? from your lips first have I heard the voice of kindness directed towards me; I shall be for ever grateful; and your present humanity assures me of success

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