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died away while he narrated his peaceful life among the cottagers, and, as he said this, I could no longer suppress the rage that burned within me. “I do refuse it,” I replied; “and no torture shall ever extort a consent from me. You may render me the most miserable of men, but you shall never make me base in my own eyes. Shall I create another like yourself, whose joint wickedness might desolate the World. ... Begone ! I have answered you; you may torture me, but I will never consent.” --> “You are in the wrong,” replied the fiend ; “and, instead of threatening, I am content to reason with you. I am malicious because I am miserable; am I not shunned and hated by all mankind You, my creator, would tear me to pieces, and triumph; remember that, and tell me why I should pity man

more than he pities me? You would,
not call it murder, if you could precipi-
tate me into one of those ice-rifts, and .
destroy my frame, the work of yours
own hands. Shall I respect man, when
he contemns me 2 Let him live with
me in the interchange of kindness, and, t
instead of injury, I would bestow every :
benefit upon him with tears of grati-
tude at his acceptance. But that can- o
not be ; the human senses are insur-
mountable barriers to our union. Yet
mine shall not be the submission of
abject slavery. I will revenge my in-
juries: if I cannot inspire love, I will
cause fear; and chiefly towards you
my arch-enemy, because my creator, do
I swear inextinguishable hatred. Have o
a care: I will work at your destruc-
tion, nor finish until I desolate your
heart, so that you curse the hour of .
your birth.” w

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A fiendish rage animated him as he said this; his face was wrinkled into (Ontortions too horrible for human eyes to behold; but presently he calmed himself, and proceeded— “I intended to reason. This passion is detrimental to me; for you do not reflect that you are the cause of its ocess. If any being felt emotions of benevolence towards me, I should return them an hundred and an hundred sold; for that one creature's sake, I would make peace with the whole kind! But I now indulge in dreams of bliss that cannot be realized. What I ask of you is reasonable and moderate; I temand a creature of another sex, but shideous as myself: the gratification issmall, but it is all that I can receive, ind it shall content me. It is true, we hall be monsters, cut off from all the World; but on that account we shall be WOL. II. H

more attached to one another. Our lives will not be happy, but they will be. harmless, and free from the misery I now feel. Oh my creator, make me. happy; let me feel gratitude towards you for one benefiti Let me see that I excite the sympathy of some existing thing; do not deny me my request!” I was moved. I shuddered when I thought of the possible consequences. of my consent; but I felt that there was some justice in his argument. His tale, and the feelings he now expressed, proved him to be a creature of fine sensations; and did I not, as his maker, owe him all the portion of happiness, that it was in my power to bestow 2. He saw my change of feeling, and continued— - - - “If you consent, neither you nor any other human being shall ever see us. again: I will go to the vast wilds of South America. My food is not that of man; I do not destroy the lamb and the kid, to glut my appetite; acorns and berries afford me sufficient nourishment. My companion will be of the same nature as myself, and will be content with the same fare. We shall make our bed of dried leaves; the sun

will shine on us as on man, and will

ripen our food. The picture I present
to you is peaceful and human, and you
must feel that you could-deny it only in
the wantonness of power and cruelty.
Pitiless as you have been towards me,
I now see compassion in your eyes;
let me seize the favourable moment,
and persuade you to promise what I
so ardently desire.”
“You propose,” replied I, “to fly
from the habitations of man, to dwell in
those wilds where the beasts of the

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