The Romance of the Forest: Interspersed with Some Pieces of Poetry, Volume 1

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Page 103 - t; I have use for it. Go, leave me. — (Exit Emilia). I will in Cassio's lodging lose this napkin, And let him find it. Trifles, light as air, Are to the jealous confirmations strong As proofs of Holy Writ.
Page 140 - She thought she was in a large old chamber belonging to the abbey, more ancient and desolate, though in part furnished, than any she had yet seen. It was strongly barricadoed, yet no person appeared. While she stood musing and surveying the apartment, she heard a low voice call her, and looking towards the place whence it came, she perceived by the dim light of a lamp a figure stretched on a bed that lay on the floor. The voice called again, and approaching the bed, she distinctly saw the features...
Page 141 - She had not been long here when she saw a light glimmer at a distance on the walls ; but a turn in the passage, which was very long, prevented her seeing from what it proceeded. It continued to glimmer faintly for some time and then grew stronger, when she saw a man enter the passage habited in a long .black cloak like those usually worn by attendants at funerals, and bearing a torch. He called to her to follow him, and led her through a long passage to the foot, of a Staircase. Here she feared to...
Page 147 - ... the pauses of the gust ; but she checked these illusions, which the hour of the night and her own melancholy imagination conspired to raise. As she sat musing, her eyes fixed on the opposite wall, she perceived the arras with which the room was hung wave backwards and forwards; she continued to observe it for some minutes, and then rose to examine it farther. It was moved by the wind and she blushed at the momentary fear it had excited ; but she observed that the tapestry was more strongly agitated...
Page 64 - I've heard something that has astonished me, as well it may, cried Peter, and so it will you when you come to know it. As I was standing in the blacksmith's shop, while the smith was driving a nail into the horse's shoe (by the by, the horse' lost it in an odd way, I'll tell you, Sir, how it was) — Nay, prithee leave it till another time, and go on with your story.
Page 148 - Curiosity prompted her to examine still farther; she felt about the tapestry, and perceiving the wall behind shake under her hand, she lifted the arras and discovered a small door, whose loosened hinges admitted the wind and occasioned the noise she had heard. The door was held only by a bolt, having undrawn which and brought the light, she descended by a few steps into another chamber. She instantly remembered her dreams. The chamber was not much like that in which she had seen the dying chevalier,...
Page 142 - ... upon it she heard a voice speak, as if from within, but saw nobody. The man she had before seen soon after stood by the coffin, and, lifting the pall, she saw beneath it a dead person, whom she thought to be the dying chevalier she had seen in her former dream ; his features were sunk in death, but they were yet serene. While she looked at him a stream of blood gushed from his side, and descending to the floor, the whole chamber was overflowed...
Page 150 - Desirous, however, of examining farther, she attempted to raise what appeared to have been part of the bedstead, but it slipped from her hand and, rolling to the floor, brought with it some of the remaining lumber. Adeline started aside and saved herself, and when the noise it made had ceased, she heard a small rustling sound, and as she was about to leave the chamber saw something falling gently among the lumber. It was a small roll of paper tied with a string and covered with dust. Adeline took...
Page 148 - ... confused remembrance of one through which she had passed. Holding up the light to examine it more fully, she was convinced by its structure that it was part of the ancient foundation. A shattered casement, placed high from the floor, seemed to be the only opening to admit light. She observed a door on the opposite side of the apartment; and after some moments of hesitation, gained courage, and determined to pursue the inquiry. ' A mystery seems to hang over these chambers,' said she, ' which...
Page 21 - ... showed the remaining features of the fabric more awful in decay. The lofty battlements, thickly enwreathed with ivy, were half demolished, and become the residence of birds of prey. Huge fragments of the eastern tower, which was almost demolished, lay scattered amid the high grass, that waved slowly to the breeze. "The thistle shook its lonely head, the moss whistled to the wind.

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