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seeing his wife, paused, and entered the house. The labourer observed that Mrs. Manners started violently on the entrance of her husband, and from the gesticulations which both of them used afterwards, he judged that they were quarrelling. Suddenly, Alfred seized Alicia round the waist, and, after a violent struggle, they fell together. The man watched them intently, and presently Alfred rose, and, looking first on his motionless wife, and then fearfully around, he fled in the direction of a path which led into his own grounds,
“The labourer became seriously alarmed, and, leaving his work, he hurried round and arrived at the summer-house. It is a long run from the place where he was working to this house, and must have occupied him at least twenty minutes; yet, when he arrived there, he found Alicia still lying motionless, and, with extreme horror, perceived that the blood was flowing from a wound in her throat.
* He immediately hurried to the house, and detailed what he had witnessed to Sir Edward
Earl and his Lady, who were in the room together. Lady Earl received the intelligence with a wild laugh, and exclaiming the curse works well,' she fell into strong hysterics.
“ Alfred Manners had gone, immediately after his horrible crime, to his own house, and was standing talking to some workmen on the lawn before the mansion, when a rude grasp on the shoulder diverted his attention, and made him start round-then the fearful words-murderAlicia-discovery-witness, sounded in his ears, and completely deprived him of all power to resist. In his despair, the unfortunate criminal uttered words which would in themselves have proved condemnatory,—words which no aftercaution could recal.
“ He was tried, convicted, condemned, and executed, and I have heard that his last hours were awful to remember; impiously hardened, he underwent the penalty of his crimes. All that could be gleaned from him on the trial was, that Alicia had goaded him on, by her violent conduct, to commit the deed, which he neither
repented nor denied. Alicia's letter was found, containing the history of his first crime, and then it was conjectured that she must have unguardedly betrayed to him her knowledge of his foul play.
“When Lady Earl discovered what had been the fate of her son Herbert, the shock quickly killed her.
- Sir Edward Earl lived on for some years, in total seclusion, and when he died, the estate went to a distant branch of the family; but none of the proprietors have ever lived here,—and it is supposed that the present owner of it will shortly pull down the old house."
Catherine Brand ceased speaking, and when the party had finished their collation, they visited the stone summer-house, where one scene of this tragedy had been enacted.
The next day Teresa accompanied her young pupils and Catherine to the cottage of a poor woman who was dangerously ill, and who owed all her little comforts to Teresa's kindness, for she had
taught her pupils the inestimable bappiness of imparting relief to a helpless fellow-being.
On leaving the cottage to return home, she perceived Sedley advancing towards them, and she would have hurried back again had she not feared to excite Catherine's suspicions. She was, therefore, compelled to remain, and she entreated her friend to let her fall behind and be unnoticed. She spoke with so much earnestness that Catherine promised to comply with her request, and accordingly the latter advanced gaily towards Sedley, and he, after shaking hands with her and the young Derbys, turned and walked beside her. What a situation for poor Teresa! she scarcely dared to breathe as she followed Catherine, and answered the remarks of her pupils in a tremulous whisper. Sedley, seeing a stranger of the party, had bowed slightly to her, but Catherine's incessant prattle kept him too much engaged to allow of his bestowing any farther notice on her. Teresa listened, with a beating heart, to the tones of that voice which had never ceased to haunt her, and glanced furtively at that fine profile so indelibly traced in her memory.
She had on a thick green veil and a close bonnet, by which means she contrived to conceal her face, and even had Sedley turned round and glanced casually at her, he could scarce have recognized her features.
At length they reached the house, and the young Derbys ran in through a glass door, which opened off the drawing-rooms on to the lawn. Catherine Brand asked Sedley to go in and rest himself; but he declined, and as she had caught a glimpse of Farquhar sitting in an adjoining room with her Aunt, she tripped joyously into the house, leaving Teresa to follow at her leisure. Sedley turned to depart, and, at the same instant, a gust of wind took Teresa's bonnet, and before she could catch hold of the strings, blew it off her head, leaving her beautiful face, crimsoned with blushes, exposed fully to Sedley's view.
Sedley was so overwhelmed with astonishment