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“Listen to me, Everard;" said Augustus "And lose the woman whom I adore, by Stainforth to his friend Everard Waldorf. my generosity !" “As yet, though we are both in love with "Yes-even so, if friendship requires it; Lavinia Sternheim, we have been gener- for have I not often heard you say that it ous rivals, and neither of us has attempted is very hard that a child should be punishto obtain a preference over the other, buted for his father's fault?” by means approved by the most rigid hon- “How! light breaks in upon me! but pray
be less mysterious.” "But why, Augustus, do you tell me “The case is this, then; Baron Sternwhat I already so well know?
heim has often declared that, though he “Because I expect that your friendship has the most perfect esteem for my characfor me and your generosity will soon beter, he will not let his daughter marry me put to a severe trial, and that my happi- while my father lives; because, as his life ness will be in your power."
is forfeit to the laws, for having in a trans"I court such trials; and if your happi- port of rage killed a brother officer, he will ness depends on my generosity, believe me, not run the risk of having his child united while I swear that
to the son of a man who one day or other "No vows, no professions, Everard. If may perish on a scaffold. But it has long you are worthy my confidence they are been rumored, and believed by every one, unnecessary; and if you are unworthy, the baron not excepted, that my poor fathey will only make your guilt the greater ther is dead; and I did not contradict the should
report, because I thought it conductive to “What does this mean?—Explain." my father's safety. . Therefore to you only "I will. Be not too much distressed I owned the truth; and you only have it in when I tell you that I have reason to think your power to blast'my prospects, by tellLavinia prefers me to you; and that there. ing the barón that my father is still living fore, as our fortune and family are equal, in England, But this, if you are the genher father will, no doubt, choose for his erous rival, and 'the true friend that you son-in-law the man whom Lavinia herself | appear to be, you will not do; and you will has chosen."
cautiously avoid any conversation which "Doubtless. But I suspect that you flat- may lead the baron to interrogate you on
the subject; nor expose my peace to be But if I do so in this in- sacrificed to his fears of my father's restance, my fears whisper louder than my turn, trial, and condemnation-three cirhopes in another. I knew that the baron cumstances which will never happen." has one great, and, I believe, insurmounta- "I thank you, Augustus, for the confible objection to me."
dence that you have in my virtue; but, be"Indeed! I rejoice to hear it." lieve me, you have exposed it to a severe "There, Everard—I am glad I did not trial. However, I will not tell a falsehood allow you to swear just now.”
for you or any man; therefore, unless the "Why so? Is it then in my power to re- baron put the question directly to me, he more this obstacle to your happiness with | shall never know from me that your fa
ther is still alive, and this I promise by the “Not absolutely so; but if the baron be sacred ties of friendship and the faith of a convenced that the obstacle in question is gentleman." removed, I require it of your generosity
"And this is all I require of you," repliand friendship not to prove to him that it ed Augustus, affectionately pressing his
friend's hand; "and I trust to you implicit