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field will be your only companions, How can you, who long for the love and sympathy of man, persevere in this

exile * You will return, and again ,

seek their kindness, and you will meet with their detestation; your evil passions will be renewed, and you will then

have a companion to aid you in the task

of destruction. This may not be;
cease to argue the point, for I cannot
consent.”
“How inconstant are your feelings!
but a moment ago you were moyed by

my representations, and why do you

again harden yourself to my complaints? I swear to you, by the earth which I inhabit, and by you that made me, that, with the companion you bestow, I will quit the neighbourhood of man, and dwell, as it may chance, in the most savage of places. My evil passions will have fled, for

I shall meet with sympathy; my life will flow quietly away, and, in my dying moments, I shall not curse my maker.” f His words had a strange effect upon me. I compassionated him, and sometimes felt a wish to console him; but when I looked upon him, when I saw the filthy mass that moved and talked, my heart sickened, and my feelings were altered to those of horror and hatred. I tried to stifle these sensa. tions; I thought, that as I could not

sympathize with him, I had no right to withhold from him the small portion of happiness which was yet in my power to bestow. - “You swear,” I said, “to be harm. les; but have you not already shewn a degree of malice that should reasonobly make me distrust you? May not *en this be a feint that will increase

your triumph by affording a wider

scope for your revenge?” , ,

... “How is this? I thought I had

moved your compassion, and yet you still refuse to bestow, on me the only

...benefit that can soften my heart, and

render me harmless. If I have no ties and no affections, hatred, and vice ther will destroy the cause of my crimes, and I shall become a thing, of wh9şe existence every one will be ignorant. My vices are the children of a forced splitude that I abhor; and my virtues will necessarily arise when I live in communion with an equal. I shall feel the affections of a sensitive being, and become linked to the chain of existence and events, from which I am now excluded.”

: I paused some time to reflect on all he had related, and the various argue

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ments which he had employed. I thought of the promise of virtues which he had displayed an the opening of his *istence, and the subsequent blight of all kindly feeling by the loathing and *orn which his protectors had mani*ted towards him. His power and threats were not omitted in my calcu*ions: a creature who could exist in the ice eaves of the glaciers, and hide *elf from pursuit among the ridges of inaccessible precipices, was a being P"sessing faculties it would be vain to *P* with. After a long pause of re**, I concluded, that the justice * both to him and my fellow-crea* demanded of me that I should *Pły with his request. Turning to him, therefore, I said— ** consent to your demand, on your *mn oath to quito Europe for ever, *"ery other place in the neighbour. hood of man, as soon as I shall deliver

into your hands a female who will accompany you in your exile.” * * “I swear,” he cried, “by the sun, and by the blue sky of heaven, that if you grant my prayer, while they exist you shall never behold me again. Depart to your home, and commence your labours: I shall watch their progress with unutterable anxiety; and fear. not but that when you are ready I shah appear.” - . . . . Saying this, he suddenly quitted me, fearful, perhaps, of any change in my sentiments. I saw him descend the mountain with greater speed than the flight of an eagle, and quickly lost hims' among the undulations of the sea of ice. - – a . . . . . . . . . . . .3 ‘. His tale had occupied the whole day; and the sun was upon the verge of the horizon when he departed. I knew:

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