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-gined him to be, her emotion returned with such energy, that, fearing to trust herself in the room, she returned into the hall, where she continued for a considerable time, unable to command her agitated spirits.

When she could recal them, she found in the library Valancourt, seated with the Count, who both rose on her entrance; but she did not dare to look at Valancourt and the Count, having led her to a chair, immediately withdrew.

Emily remained with her eyes fixed on the floor, under such oppression of heart, that she could not speak, and with difficulty breathed; while Valancourt threw himself into a chair beside her, and, sighing heavily, continued silent, when, had she raised her eyes, she would have perceived the violent emotion he suffered.

At length, in a tremulous voice, he said, “ I have solicited to see you this evening, that I might, at least, be spared the further torture of suspence, which your altered manner had occafioned me, and which the


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hints I have just received from the Count have in part explained. I perceive I have enemies, Emily, who envied mé my late happiness, and who have been busy in searching out the means to destroy it : I perceive, too, that time and absence have weakened the affection you once felt for ine, and that you can now easily be taught to forget me."

His la't words faltered, and Emily, less able to speak than before, continued filent,

“. what a meeting is this!” exclaimed Valancourt, starting from his feat, and pacing the room with hurried steps, “ what a meeting is this, after our long-long separation !" Again he sat down, and, after the struggle of a moment, he added in a firm, but despairing tone, “ This is too much I cannot bear it! Einily, will you not speak to me ?"

He covered his face with his hand, as if to conceal his emotion, and took Emily's, which she did not withdraw. Her tears could no longer be refrained; and, when


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T) he looked up and perceived that she was weeping, all his tenderness returned, and a gleam of hope appeared to cross his mind, for he exclaimed, “O! you do pity me,

then, you do love me! Yes, you are still my own Emily---let me believe those tears, that tell me fo!”

Einily now made an effort to recover her firmness, and, hastily drying them, “ Yes,” said she, “ I do pity you—I weep for you -but, ought I to think of you with affection? You may remember that yester-evening, I said, I had ftill sufficient confidence in your candour to believe, that, when I should request an explanation of your words, you would give it. This explanation is now unnecessary, I understand them 100 well; but prove, at least, that your candour is deserving of the confidence I give it, when I ask you, whether you are conscious of being the same estimable Valancourt-whom I once loved."

« Once loved!” cried her the same. the same!" He paused in extreme emotion,



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He again concealed his face. Emily was too much affected by this honeft confession to reply immediately, and, while she struggled to overcome the pleadings of her heart, and to act with the decisive firmness, which was necessary for her future

peace, ceived all the danger of trusting long to her resolution, in the presence of Valancourt, and was anxious to conclude an interview, that tortured them both; yet when she considered, that this was probably their last meeting, her fortitude funk at once, and fhe experienced only emotions of tenderness and of despondency.

Valancourt, meanwhile, lost in those of remorse and grief, which he had neither the power, or the will to express, sat insensible almost of the presence of Emily, his features still concealed, and his breast agitated by convulsive fighs.

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" Spare me the necessity,” said Emily, recollecting her fortitude, “ spare me the necessity of mentioning those circumftances of your conduct, which oblige me to break our connection for ever.

We must part, I now see you for the last time.”

Impossible!” cried Valancourt, roused from his deep silence, - You cannot mean what you say !—you cannot mean to throw me from you for ever !"

“ We must part,” repeated Emily, with emphasis" and that for ever! Your own conduct has made this necessary."

« This is the Count's determination," said he haughtily, "not your's, and I shall enquire by what authority he interferes between us." He now rose, and walked about the room in great emotion,

“ Let me save you from this error," said Emily, not less agitated—“ it is my

determination, and, if you reflect a moment on your late conduct, you will perceive, that my future peace requires it.” « Your future peace requires, that we


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