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ter should find a favourable opportunity for escape before Felix could return to Italy, Safie should remain as a boarder at a convent at Leghorn; and then, quitting the lovely Arabian, he hastened to Paris, and delivered himself up to the vengeance of the law, hoping to free De Lacey and Agatha by this proceeding. “ He did not succeed. They remained confined for five months before the trial took place; the result of which dep, ived them of their fortune, and condemned them to a perpetual exile from their native country. “ They found a miserable asylum in the cottage in Germany, where I discovered them. Felix soon learned that the treacherous Turk, for whom he and his family endured such unheard-of oppression, on discovering that his deliverer was thus reduced to poverty and

impotence, became a traitor to good
feeling and honour, and had quitted
Italy with his daughter, insultingly
sending Felix a pittance of money to
aid him, as he said, in some plan of
future maintenance.
“Such were the events that preyed
on the heart of Felix, and rendered
him, when I first saw him, the most
miserable of his family. He could
have endured poverty, and when this
distress had been the meed of his vir-
tue, he would have gloried in it: but
the ingratitude of the Turk, and the
loss of his beloved Safie, were misfor-

tunes more bitter and irreparable. The

arrival of the Arabian now infused new
life into his soul. -
“When the news reached Leghorn,
that Felix was deprived of his wealth
and rank, the merchant commanded
his daughter to think no more of her

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lower, but to prepare to return with him to her native country. The generous nature of Safie was outraged by this command; she attempted to expostulate with her father, but he left her angrily, reiterating his tyrannical mandate. “A few days after, the Turk entered his daughter's apartment, and told her hastily, that he had reason to believe that his residence at Leghorn had been divulged, and that he should speedily be delivered up to the French government; he had, consequently, hired a Wessel to convey him to Constantinople, for which city he should sail in a few hours. He intended to leave his daughter under the care of a confidential servant, to follow at her leisure with the greater part of his property, which had not yet arrived at Leghorn. “When alone, Safie resolved in her

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was abhorrent to her; her religion and feelings were alike adverse to it. By some papers of her father's, which fell into her hands, she heard of the exile

of her lover, and learnt the name of si

the spot where he then resided. She
hesitated some time, but at length she
formed her determination. Taking
with her some jewels that belonged to
her, and a small sum of money, she
quitted Italy, with an attendant, a na-
tive of Leghorn, but who understood
the common language of Turkey, and
departed for Germany.
“She arrived in safety at a town
about twenty leagues from the cottage
of De Lacey, when her attendant fell
dangerously ill. Safie nursed her with
the most devoted affection; but the

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poor girl died, and the Arabian was left alone, unacquainted with the language of the country, and utterly ignorant of the customs of the world. She sell, however, into good hands. The Italian had mentioned the name of the spot for which they were bound; and, after her death, the woman of the house in which they had lived took care that Safie should arrive in safety at the cottage of her lover.

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