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and intrigue, and secrets, and yet trem. bled at the indignation which these paltry manquvres excited in her husband's. mind. Thus she frequently entered upon a scheme merely for pleasure, or perhaps for the love of contradiction, plunged deeper into it than she was aware, endeavoured to extricate herself by new arts, or to cover her error by dissimulation, became involved in meshes of her own weaving, and was forced to carry on, för fear of discovery, machinations which she had at first resorted to in mere wantoit ness
; ; ..Ja men, weil Fortunately the young man whom she so imprudently introduced into her intimate society, and encouraged to look-up to her daughter, had a fund of principle and honest pride, which rendered him a safer inmate-thian Mrs Mannering ought to have dared to hope, or expect. The obscurity of his birth could alone be objected to him.; in every other respect, .
With prospects bright upon the world he came,
But it could not be expected that he should resist the snare which Mrs Manner. ing's imprudence threw in his way, or avoid becoming attached to a young lady, whose beauty and manners might have justified his passion, even in scenes where these are more generally met with, than in a remote fortress in our Iudian settlements. The scenes which followed bave been partly detailed in Mannering's letter to Mr Mervyn; and to expand what is there stated into farther explanation would be to abuse the patience of our readers. • We shall therefore proceed with our promised extracts from Miss Mannering's letters to her friend, i
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“I have seen him again, Matilda, -seen him twice. I have used every argument to convince him that this secret intercourse is dangerous to us both—I even pressed him to pursue his views of fortune without farther regard to me, and to consider my peace of mind as sufficiently secured by the knowledge that he had not fallen under my father's sword. He answers but how can I detail all he has to answer? he claims those hopes as his due which my mother permitted him to entertain, and would persuade me to the madness of a union without my father's sanction. But to this, Matilda, I will not be persuaded. I have resisted; I have subdued the rebellious feeling which arose to aid his plea ; yet how to extricate myself from this unhappy labyrinth, in which fate and folly have entangled us !
“I have thought upon it, Matilda, till my head is almost giddy-nor can I conceive a better plan than to make a full confession to my father. He deserves it, for his kindness is unceasing; and I think I have observed in his character, since I have studied it more nearly, that his harsher feelings are chiefly excited where he suspects deceit or imposition; and in that respect, perhaps, his character was formerly misunderstood by one who was dear to him. He has, too, a tinge of romance in his disposition; and I have seen the narrative of a generous action, a trait of heroism, or virtuous self-denial, extract tears from him, which refused to flow at a tale of mere distress. But then, Brown urges, that he is personally hostile to him
And the obscurity of his birth-that would be indeed a stumbling-block.-0 Matilda, I hope none of your ancestors ever fought at Poictiers or Agincourt! If it were not for the esteem which my father attaches to the memory of old Sir
Miles Mannering, I should make out my explanation with half the tremor which must now attend.it.”
"I have this instant received your leta ter-your most welcome letter ! Thanks, my dearest friend, for your sympathy and your counsels–I can only repay them with unbounded confidence. . “You ask me, what Brown is by origin, that his descent should be so unpleasing to my father. His story is shortly told. He is of Scottish extraction, but, being left an orphản, bis education was undertaken by a family of relations settled in Holland. He was bred to commerce, and sent very early to one of our settlements in the East, where his guardian had a correspondent--Bat this correspondent was dead when he arrived in India, and he had no other resource than to offer himself as