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know not how to understand the strain of my tion their former acquaintance, as he bad very dear Lorenzo's letter; it is long, yet it ap. powerful reasons (which be would explain pears written with restraint; and although he satisfactorily hereafter) for wishing their intipours out all a son's joy at the restoration of || macy unknown to the Bertolini family:his father's honour, and all the gratitude of a Durunce, the confideutial valet of Francois, soul that knows no bounds to laudable feeling was ordered to learn the probable time of when he speaks of my affection, still there Solerno's arrival, and to manage matters so as seems some sad thoughts which poisons all to give this billet into bis own hands ere he tbiugs. My daughter bas taken away the entered the Palazzo. letter, but I remember une passage which has Business thus put in train, St. Hypolite's strangely affected me; the sense, if not words, next concern was to give an air of desolation rau thus :- In a few days I shall be at your to his own appearance. To persuade Aldonga feet; expect not to see me the same as when of the violence of his passion would be abso. I left you. I am cbanged, I am ill; I am so lutely necessary; and a lover in despair was unfit for the enjoyment this world that it never yet heard of with a glowing complexion seems to me I have now accomplished the only and a firm step. Poor Francois must keep public task allotted me to fulfil, and that Lent out of season; he fasted, he was let blood, Heaven points out my future destination le drank water, lay on the ground that be religious retirement.-Here he breaks off might not sleep; broke all his essence and abruptly, and leaves me to conjecture the rest. perfume boxes, left his hair uncombed, half Does he doubt the constancy of my daughter? || shaved himself, and instead of an einbroidered He cannot, must not will not after he sees mantle, wrapped himself round in a careless her again.”
robe de chambre. During this strict discipline, Francois was on the point of replying, when billets were continually passing from the the entrance of visitors prevented the neces. Marchioness to him, and from him to the sity, and afforded bim the opportunity he Marchioness; his letters were all frantic, bers wished of retiring from the Palazzo.
all sorrow; again and again he solicited an The crisis was now at hand; the fate of his interview at the casino; but she was craftily beloved sister, and scarcely less dear friend, lill, or craftily timid; in short, Aldonga wish. hung on the events of a few days; Francois ed to stimulate his passiou by difficulties, to felt alarmed as the moment approached in elevate his notion of ber virtue, and to see which he must mount the very summit of de whether the Marquis Soleroo were or were ception, to induce Aldonga to break with not so bandsome as when she first wisbed to Solerno. He now almost wished that he had become bis wife. To the profligate mind of pot undertaken the task ; but once in he must Aldonga it seemed easy to reconcile an incliu. proceed. And taking measures for conceal ation for both lovers. She had really burned ment from Lorenzo whose concurrence in a with passionate arduur for Lorenzo; aud stratagem he dared not reckon apon, be left though his absence, his coldness, and a certain Vepice, hastened to a little casino some miles libertine habit, bad kindled new fires in her distant, and dispatched his servant with a letter breast for the animated St. Hypolite, she yet to the Marchioness.
felt that she could not relioquish Solerno This letter contained nothing but groans, without proving that he was no longer charm. despair, death!
He had learned from ber ing. It was her policy to evade av interview fatber that his rival was expected; that she with Francois till after she bad seen Solerno; was willing to give bim her hand; he could should she be disappointed in the latter, then not bear to witness such a scene.
she would break her engagement, and make a gone, in short, to die of grief among the merit of it to the other lover; but should she gloomy shades of his casino.
find him still beautiful and love wakening, Francois charged the bearer of this letter she would play the honourable woman, the with another for the Marquis Solerno; in dutiful daughter, complete the marriage, and which he simply requested him not to men. as her inclination continued or decliued, pur.
sue or crush her amour with St. Hypolite. - Aldonga raised him with surprise and pleaThe Marchioness bad just determined her Never bad St. Hypolite looked so irreline of conduct, and sent a tender denial to
his coarse wrapping dress was pic. Francois, who was again urgent for an inter turesque if not elegant, his disordered hair view at the casino, when a courier arrived at heightened its effect, and though his person tbe Palazzo announcing the expected arrival was evidently tbinner, and the general glow of of his master, the Marquis Solerno, on the bis complexion faded, impatience bad brought morrow. Duronce learned this intelligence as a bright Aush to his cheek, and given sucb a he waited for Aldonga's reply to the note
wild lustre to his eyes, that Aidonga saw only from bis lord; and bastening with them to a picquant alteration in bis appearance. the casino, he proposed to bis master to go
A diverting scene of mutual deception fulhimself to the Palazzo, where he might enter lowed; but Francois knew exactly how far free from interruption, as Count Bertolini was ber duplicity extended, while she was the com. at the Senate House, on state business which plete dupe of his feived despair. She pleaded Fould detain him through most part of the || her immaculate virtue, wbich rendered it night.
almost criminal in her to receive the mere Francois adopted tbis advice on the instant. vows of love from a married man; she urged While bis carriage was getting ready he has. || her duty to her father, her promise given to tened to consult his counsellor the mirror; Solerno when she had no particular preference and found, to his satisfaction, that he looked for any one ; she wished to know what he as love-lorn and woeful as the most tyrannical | could offer ber to tempt her to renounce these mistress could desire. His matted hair, bis duties and clainis. ueglected dress, bis pale cheek, and suok eye, Francois had a rhapsody on his lips in a but above all, bis large dark roquelaure, made moment. His whole life and heart would be bim appear a suitable candidate for the severe devoted to her though he could not plight the order of La Trappe. He began indeed to fear vow at the altar; he would abandon his fa. that he looked too wooful; Aldonga's love was mily and his country; he would live at Venice; not of that spiritual cast which could bear he would respect ber immaculate virtue while the wieck of the object's beauty, though she continued to think so rigidly; but if she sbattered by grief for her ; and if St. Hypolite did not marry, and he gave up the wife that were to appear quite transformed, she might bad been forced upon him, he should venture not perhaps feel any emotion but disgust.
to hope that at last that heaven of beauty to However, the die was cast, he must abide by which he aspired. Here he was inter. the tbrow; what he wanted in personal at. rupted by Aldonga; her blushing face bid traction he was resolved to make up in ardour, -itself on his shoulder, that she might not hear and even ardour alone animates any face into the conclusion : and while she lay there softly charms.
sighing, Francois had full time to observe, By the adroit management of Duronce, Si. that if he chose to subdue that immaculate vir. Hypolite alighted unnoticed at the piazza of|tue, he need not fear any difficulty in the con. the Bertolini palace, and hurrying across tbe quest. It required some address to escape ball, and up the grand staircase, proceeded to this danger without lessening the apparent the evening apartinent of Aldonga. She was fire wbich made his passion so powerful; how. alone, and upon the point of ringing to order ever, he managed it; and once more exerted ber gondola for a moon-light visit to a female | all bis eloquence to persuade the Marchioness friend. St. Hypolite rushed towards her, and that he would accept no other proof of her fell at ber feet with well-acted impetuosity. love than a fixed rejection of the Marquis the
“ Dear, adored, cruel Aldonga !” he ex instant of his arrival; and tbat if she failed claimed; “see me at your feet; I come to die. to give it him, he should either plunge into Yes, I swear to die thine, unless you promise the Adriatic, or rave himself into madness. never to bestow upon this hated rival the So Aattered was A'donga by this prodigious beauties I dare not make my own!"
passion; so awakened by his tears, embraces
and ardent glances; so swelled by the idea of nersbip in illicit passion. Happily for St. his sufferings; and so more than ever charmed Hypolite, he had never been fascinated by by his graces, that she was frequently on the the personal graces of Aldonga, or perhaps point of giving bim the promise be demanded; tbat lurking inclination would have induced but the very excess of his love alarmed her to him to believe such a conclusion as the one think how it would make him tyrannise, were now impending, too certain to be avoided; she thus to give him a secret but absolute his senses were yet under the command of authority over all her actions : how much
reason and principle, and assisted by them, better to retain him in her chains by favours he saw the circumstance in its true light; reoccasionally granted as a boon, when she solving only to cheat a little more, and manage should be the wife of a man too studious to
so as to place the Marchioness in a disgraceful go with her into public and observe her con
situation, without becoming criminal bimself. duct, and too guileless himself not to be easily could be get her to the casino at night, alone blinded by her. Fortified by these ideas, Al
and in his apartment, he might easily concert donga was able to persevere in refusing to
measures so as to alarm the jealousy of Count give her lover the promise desired, though she Amalfi, and lead him to burst upon their rewas profuse in professions and testimonies of
tirement. This would either noise the matter preference. St. Hypolite wearied with the abroad, or induce her to accept Amali's hand farce, and somewhat afraid of trusting himself as an equivalent for his silence; at all eveuts, too long with so beautiful and licentious a
it would put her in his power, and he might woman amid the temptations of night and aların her into consent by a mere threat of silence, abruptly started away from the fair publishing her indiscretion. The difficulties band which courted his lips, and repeating seemed to increase as the business drew nearer bis vow of not outliving her obedience to her
a cluse; and St. Hypolite inore than once exfather, hastened back to his casino.
claimed, “ Ntver will I act such a part again!" His first moments were given to repeated Displeased with himself, and painfully anxious bursts of laughter over the scene in which he
for his friend, he could not find rest on his performed so admirably; his next thought, to
pillow, till after he had re-perused a joint let. vexation at her steadiness." If she will not
ter from his mother and sister, which had been renounce Solerno," he exclaimed, when alone, | forwarded to him from his banker at Collicure. " the plagues of Saint Anthony be her por The tender melancholy which breathed i brough tion! What shall I do in such a case? Why, the passages written by Julie, and the name of instead of drawing my friend quietly out of the his friend blotted evidently by her tears, resnare, I must do the thing with eclat; I must
vived his hopes, because it animated bis wish get ker into a scrape with me, and then
of freeing her lover from bondage. threaten to expose her, unless she gives up sweet sister!” he repeated, turning himself to the Marquis.”-Fraucois paused upon this rest upon her letter; “thou little dreamest plan; his honourable and well principled heart how much I am encountering to serve thee. revolted from the commission of a libertine But by all the Saints in the Calendar! I will act, even with a woman whose virtue had been
never do as much again, no, not for the blessed often forfeited; what motive could sanctify | Virgin herself.”—Half gay, half sad, Francois such pollution, and the less so, since it would closed his eyes, and dropped to sleep. be deliberately done by him? He now began The morrow, which was to bring the Mar. to feel in its full force the rashness and impro- quis Solerno to Venice, rose upon Aldonga priety of his scheme. The quixotism of friend. with emotion and expectation in its beams : ship, like every other species of quixotism, was her heart was beating between the recollection likely to lead to dangers, disgrace, and self of former tenderness for Solerno, and present reproach: it seemed now too evident, that in passion for St. Hypolite; vanity too contripursuing a laudable end through illaudable buted to her feelings, and abhorring the idea means, through systamatic fraud, he would of being beheld with indifference, she called be forced to secure his object by a guilty part. Il forth all the assistance of the toilet to heighter
that beauty which nature's band bad finished details of all that related to it. Even this bebeyond further addition. All the blushes of loved topic, the restored frame of a departed summer were on her cheek, its fragrance in | parent, could not entirely banish from the her breath, its voluptuousness in her eyes and brow of Solerno the gloom which darkened it; smiles, when seen through the embellishing his looks were downcast and mournful; he mist of a transparent veil which covered her sighed often and deeply; and all his views wbole person;
she presented herself to Solerno of the present and the future, seemed so dark as he rose from embracing the knees of his and gloomy, that Aldonga contemplated with Fenerable protector. Solerno turned round at some alarm, the probable consequence of a her voice, its first accents had sent the blood union with a man of so melancholy a temperato his heart freezing as it went. His cheek, ment. Count Bertolini knew not how to actherefore, was pale and lastreless; bis eyes, count for a melancholy so ill suited to his dimued by frequent tears and anxious vigils circumstances ; this not the period while awaiting the Neapolitan decision, had to question him, but he resolved to do it pot even that light in them which joy and when they should be alone; and Solerno affection can kindle in the dullest orbs; his bimself, occupied solely with the idea of anfigure, wasted by regret, offered but a graceful sourcing his resolve to retire into a monasoutline which youth, health, and peace might tery, felt the presence of Aldonga a' restraint again fill up with beauty, but which now gave rather than an encouragement. to Aldonga only the idea of sickness and feeble “I scarcely know you my Lorenzo," said ness. She started as she beheld him, and ex Bertolini kindly,“ your spirits have been over. claimed involuntarily, “Santa Maria! how tasked in this arduous affair. We must try to you are altered!"-Solerno believed her bap- revive them. Venice has still its innocent pily disgusted with him; the thought beld pleasures, and we have lately got acquainted out a prospect of hope, and that bope in with an amiable Frenchman who would ani. stantly spread bis cheek with a bloom, and
mate sorrow itself. St. Hypolite is at his lighted up his eyes with a fire which restored casino, is he not?"_Bertolini turned to his not only animation, bat beauty to the most daughter as he spoke, while Solerno, with a admirable of human countenances : “Do you bright flush of pleasure and doubt exclaimed: observe this alteration?" he exclaimed. Al
“St. Hypolite! what, Francois ! the Chateau dopga's feelings changed as rapidly; she fancied de Roussillon! is it possible ?" this emotion of his proceeded from a lover-like Mutual inquiries and explanations followed; gratification at the interest her remark ex it seemed the same, and yet it could not be; pressed, and she saw that his personal graces this St. Hypolite was married, his friend was though diminisbed, were not destroyed: it is
not so; this gentleman was inflexibly silent true, no part of her former passion throbbed
upon his other connections, place of residence, in her veins, but ske could look at him with
&c. his friend was candour itself, and fond eat reluctance, and meditate the resolution of of discoursing upon the places and persons he yielding her hand to bim, for the sake of pre-loved. Yet still the names, the face, the serving her reputation, which would be lost
figure, and the age seemed to agree. All of were she to break off the engagement and ren
them were puzzled; since Selerno could not der herself accountable to so wild a lover as St. | imagine, it it were he, why he should not speak Hypolite. Her answer was gentle and con of their acquaintance; and Alduuga, from ciliating, and in proportion to her appearance Solerno's answer to her questions, learned of constancy, fell the spirits of her betrothed that he had only been an acquaintance made hasband. The aged Bertolini looked at him when travelling.--" As I was entering the with the concern of a parent, frequently in. Palazzo," observed Solerno, “ I recollect some Feighed against that excess of anxiety which one put a note into my hand, with a request be must have yielded to, since it had altered that I would read it instantly. I remember bis bealthful appearance so much, and revert the fellow added, 'Do you recollect me, Sir?' ing to the success of bis cause, led him into And I remembering the face, and thinking No. XXVIII. Vol. V.-N.S,
him a domestic of a lady who was formerly report I find it convenient to spread here, very troublesome to me, answered in the affirm. toat I am a married man. What the duce ative, and went on. I think
the face was need you care about my reasons; perhaps I that of Duronce, the valet of Francois St. want to cure some lady of a passion for me, Hyp-lite.”
by making her fancy it hopeless ; perhaps I As he spoke Solerno eagerly searched in his want to save my own virtue or that of some bosom for the billet which he thought he had too yielding fair one, by presenting the obplaced there; it was not to be found. “I stacle of infringement on marriage vows; or must have dropped it by the way,” he added. | perhaps I want to obtain a beauty upon easier Aldonga rose hastily; covering her burning
terms than she would grant if she knew me cheeks with her veil, and trying to moderate
free to make her my wife. Beware of that the tone of a voice that was ready to burst out perhaps, Solerno; by the mass you will injure into suspicious invective, she offered to send me if you believe it: fancy me entertaining her page to search for the lost note.--" Doubt. myself with a conquest I neither care for nor less it will be found,” she exclaimed; and mean to take the spoil of, and you will come with a lapwing's speed she was along the gal.
nearer the truth. Not a word, I charge you, of lery, and at the foot of the grand staircase, my single state; not a word of former acquain. ere Solerno could follow.
tance when I meet you in public, aud then Her eagle glance caught a glimpse of some you know you need not utler falsehoods. thing white which lay close to the entrance; Adieu ! I rely on your discretion and friendship. she stooped, she raised it up-it was the note
“ FRANCOIS ST. HYPOLITE." directed to Solerno ju the hand-writing of St. Rage was in the heart of Aldonga, shame Hypolite. Quickly thrusting it iuto her vest, on her cheek, and the fires of revenge in her she called aloud for the domestics, and leav. eyes, as sbe held the paper in i he act of tearing ing them with directions to search for what it, when recollecting herself, she thrust it back she had just found, she kurried by a back way into her vest, exclaiming, “ It may be of use, up to ber own apartment, where securing her perhaps ; accursed billet ! dissembling vilself from interruptiou, sbe opened and read lain! What, d:spised, cheated, sported with, the following billet :-
No, by Heaven he shall not enjoy the triumph! “ To the Marqius Solerno.-Be not too much I will be revenged, I will blast his vain hopes! surprized to find me at Venice, my dear friend Yes, Amalfi shail be my instrument."-And I will account for my appearance at a fitter as she spoke she rung for her page prepare opportunity. All I request is, that you will her gondola and attend her to the palace of continue to think me a tolerably honest fellow, Count Amalfi. although I intreat of you not to contradict a
(To be continued.)
ANECDOTES COLLECTED FROM THE PRIVATE LIFE OF PETER
THE GREAT, EMPEROR OF RUSSIA.
(Continued from Vol. IV. Page 309.)
PETER'S ORDINARY MODE OF LIVING. dictates of his righteous and enlightened mind.
At four every morning Peter awoke; bis A slight breakfast was then brought him; he Ministers then brought in their reports, and dressed himself, and went to the Admiralty, presented their different documents ; - he and was present at the Senate. He dined resaw, he investigated, and passed judgment gularly at eleven o'clock; the dishes which himself, gave bis orders, and made notes; were generally served up, and which he was heard all objections, answered them, softened, most fond of, were cabbage soup, either made changed, or corrected them, according to the salt, or sour crout, gruel, a cold sucking pig,