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a kind of insanity in my spirits, that burst all bounds of reason and reflection. I lighted the dry branch of a tree, and danced with fury around the

devoted cottage, my eyes still fixed on

the western horizon, the edge of which the moon nearly touched. A part of its orb was at length hid, and I waved my brand; it sunk, and, with a loud scream, I fired the straw, and heath, and bushes, which I had collected. The wind fanned the fire, and the cottage was quickly enveloped by the flames, which clung to it, and licked it with their forked and destroying tongues. “As soon as I was convinced that no assistance could save any part of the habitation, I quitted the scene, and sought for refuge in the woods. “And now, with the world before me, whither should I bend my steps? H resolved to fly far from the scene of my misfortunes; but to me, hated and despised, every country must be equally horrible. At length the thought of you crossed my mind. I learned from your papers that you were my father, my creator; and to whom could I apply with more fitness than to him who had given me life? Among the lessons that Felix had bestowed upon Safie geography had not been omitted : I had learned from these the relative situations of the different countries of the earth. Your had mentioned Geneva as the name of your native town ; and towards this place I resolved to proceed. “But how was I to direct myself? I knew that I must travel in a southwesterly direction to reach my destination; but the sun was my only guide. I did not know the names of the towns that I was to pass through, nor could I ask information from a single human

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being; but I did not despair. Frofft
you only could I hope for succour, al-
though towards you I felt no sentiment
but that of hatred. Unfeeling, heart-
less creator you had endowed me
with perceptions and passions, and then
cast me abroad an object for the scorn
and horror of mankind. But on you
only had I any claim for pity and re-
dress, and from you I determined to
seek that justice which I vainly at-
tempted to gain from any other being
that wore the human form. .
“My travels were long, and the suf-
ferings I endured intense. It was late
in autumn when I quitted the district
where I had so long resided. I tra-
velled only at night, fearful of encoun-
tering the visage of a human being.
Nature decayed around me, and the
sun became heatless; rain and snow
poured around me; mighty rivers were

frozen ; the surface of the earth was hard, and chill, and bare, and I found no shelter. Oh, earth ! how often did I imprecate curses on the cause of my being! The mildness of my nature had fled, and all within me was turned to gall and

bitterness. The nearer I approached to

your habitation, the more deeply did I feel the spirit of revenge enkindled in

my heart. Snow fell, and the waters.

were hardened, but I rested not. A few incidents now and then directed me, and I possessed a map of the country; but I often wandered wide from my path. The agony of my feelings allowed me no respite: no incident occurred from which my rage and misery could not extract its food; but a circumstance that happened when I arrived on the confines of Switzerland, when the sun had recovered its warmth, and the earth again began to look

| green, confirmed in an especial man

ner the bitterness and horror of my

feelings. “I generally rested during the day, and travelled only when I was secured

by night from the view of man. One.

morning, however, finding that my path lay through a deep wood, I ven

tured to continue my journey after the sun had risen; the day, which was one,

of the first of spring, cheered even me by the loveliness of its sunshine and the balminess of the air. I felt emotions of gentleness and pleasure, that had long appeared dead, revive within me. Half surprised by the novelty of these sensations, I allowed myself to be, borne away by them; and, forgetting my solitude and deformity, dared to be happy. Soft tears again bedeved my cheeks, and I even raised my humid eyes with thankfulness towards the

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