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greater regard for him than I have; and it is young lady, in the midst of her grief, rememwith the utmost anguish and concern that I bered her origin, and over her vexation affected see him misbehave in such a manner. Then to throw a veil of tranquillity, which served he proceeds to mangle his character, and the only to give an air of disgust to her internal good-natured hearers, concluding he is even disturbance. blacker than he is represented, on the supposi- Renaldo, whose patience and philosophy were tion that the most atrocious circumstances are barely sufficient to bear the load of his other softened or suppressed by the tenderness or evils, would have been quite overwhelmed with friendship of the accuser, exclaim, “ Good the additional burden of Monimia's woe, if it lack! what a wretch he must be, when his had not assumed this appearance of disesteem, best friends will no longer attempt to defend which, as he knew he had not deserved it, him !" Nay, sometimes those well-wishers brought his resentment to his assistance: yet undertake his defence, and treacherously betray this was but a wretehed cordial to support him the cause they have espoused, by omitting the against the baleful reflections that assaulted him reasons that may be urged in his vindication. from every quarter; it operated like those des
Both these methods were practised by the perate remedies, which, while they stimulate wily Ferdinand, according to the predominant exhausted nature, help to destroy the very funpassion of Monimia: when her indignation pre- damentals of the constitution. He reviewed his vailed, he expatiated upon his love and sincere own conduct with the utmost severity, and regard for Renaldo, which, he said, had grown could not recollect one circumstance which could up from the cradle, to such a degree of fervour, justly offend the idol of his soul. The more that he would willingly part with life for his blameless he appeared to himself in this examiadvantage. He shed tears for his apostacy; nation, the less excusable did her behaviour apbut every drop made an indelible stain upon his pear: he tasked his penetration to discover the character ; and, in the bitterness of his grief, cause of this alteration ; he burned with impaswore, notwithstanding his fondness for Re- tience to know it ; his discernment failed him, naldo, which had become a part of his constic and he was afraid (though he knew not why) tution, that the young Hungarian deserved the to demand an explanation. His thoughts were most infamous destiny for having injured such so circumstanced, that he durst not even unperfection. At other times, when he found her bosom himself to Fathom, though his own melted into silent sorrow, he affected to excuse virtue and friendship resisted those sentiments. the conduct of his friend. He informed her, that began to intrude upon his mind, with that the young gentleman's temper had been suggestions to the prejudice of our adventurer's uneven from his infancy; that frailty was na- fidelity. tural to man; that he might in time be reclaim- Nevertheless, unable to endure the torments ed by self-conviction ; he even hinted, that she of such interesting suspense, he at length made might have probably ascribed to inconstancy, an effort to expostulate with the fair orphan; what was really the effect of some chagrin which and, in an abrupt address, the effect of his fear he industriously concealed from his participac and confusion, begged to know if he had inadtion: but, when he found her disposed to listen vertently done any thing to incur her displeato this last suggestion, he destroyed the force Monimia hearing herself bluntly accostof it, by recollecting the circumstances of his ed in this unusual strain, after repeated innocturnal rambles, which, he owned, would ad- stances of his reserve and supposed inconstancy, mit of no favourable construction.
considered the question as a fresh insult, and, by these means he blew the coals of her jea- summoning her whole pride to her assistance, lousy, and enhanced the value of his own cha- replied, with affected tranquillity, or rather with racter at the same time; for she looked upon an air of scorn, that she had no title to judge, him as a mirror of faith and integrity, and the neither did she pretend to condemn his conduct. mind being overcharged with woe, naturally This answer, so wide of that tenderness and seeks some confidant, upon whose sympathy it concern which had hitherto manifested itself in can repose itself: indeed his great aim was to the disposition of his amiable mistress, deprived inake himself necessary to her affliction, and him of all power to carry on the conversation, settle a gossiping correspondence, in the fami- and he retired with a low bow, fully convinced liarity of which he hoped his purpose would of his having irretrievably lost the place he had certainly be answered.
possessed in her affection ; for, to his imaginas Yet the exertion of these talents was not li- tion, warped and blinded by his misfortunes, mited to her alone. While he laid these trains her demeanour seemed fraught, not with a for the hapless young lady, he was preparing transient gleam of anger, which a respectful enares of another kind for her unsuspecting lover would soon have appeased, but with that lover, who (for the completion of his misery) contempt and indifference which denote a total about this time began to perceive marks of dise absence of affection and esteem. She, on the quiet and displeasure in the countenance and other hand, misconstrued his sudden retreat ; deportment of his adored Monimia : for that and now they beheld the actions of each other
through the false medium of prejudice and re- These considerations sometimes transported sentment. To such fatal misunderstandings the him to such a degree of frenzy, that he was peace and happiness of whole families often fall tempted to sacrifice them both as traitors to a sacrifice.
gratitude, friendship, and love ; but such deli.
riums soon vanished before his honour and hu-
manity. He would not allow himself to think
of his guilt should appear; and this was so far Our Adventurer becomes absolute in his power from being the case, that hitherto there was
over the passions of his friend, and effects one- scarce a presumption. On the contrary (said half of his aim.
he to himself), I am hourly receiving proots of
his sympathy and attachment: not but that he INFLUENCED by this dire mistake, the breasts may be the innocent cause of my mishap. His of those unhappy lovers began to be invaded superior qualifications may have attracted the with the horrors of jealousy : the tender-liearte eye, and engaged the heart of that inconstant ed Monimia endeavoured to devour her griefs fair, without his being sensible of the victory in silence; she in secret bemoaned her forlorn he has won; or, perhaps, shocked at the confate without ceasing ; her tears flowed without quest he hath unwillingly ma he discourages intermission from night to morn, and from her advances, tries to reason down her unjustimorn to night: she sought not to know the ob- fiable passion, and, in the mean time, conceals ject for which she was forsaken ; she meant not from me the particulars, out of regard to my to upbraid her undoer; her aim was to find a happiness and quiet. sequestered corner, in which she could indulge Under cover of these favourable conjectures, her sorrow; where she could brood over the our adventurer securely prosecuted his scheme melancholy remembrance of her former felicity; upon the unfortunate Monimia. He dedicated where she could recollect those happy scenes himself wholly to her service and conversation, she had enjoyed under the wings of her indul- except at those times when his company was gent parents, when her whole life was a revolu- requested by Renaldo, who now very seldom tion of pleasures, and she was surrounded with exacted his attendance: in his ministry about affluence, pomp, and admiration ; where she the person of the beauteous orphan, this cuncould, unmolested, dwell upon the wretched ning incendiary mingled such awful regard, comparison between her past and present con- such melting compassion, as effectually screened dition, and paint every circumstance of her mi- him from the suspicion of treachery, while he sery in the most aggravating colours, that they widened the fatal breach between her and her might make the deeper impression upon her lover by the most diabolical insinuations. He mind, and the more speedily contribute to that represented his friend as a voluptuary, who dissolution for which she ardently wished, as a gratified his own appetite without the least retotal release from woe.
gard to honour or conscience ; and, with a shew Amidst these pinings, she began to loathe all of infinite reluctance, imparted some anecdotes sustenance; her cheeks grew wan, her bright of his sensuality, which he had feigned for the eyes lost their splendour, the roses vanished purpose ; then he would exclaim in an affected from her lips, and her delicate limbs could transport, “Gracious Heaven ! is it possible for hardly support their burden ; in a word, her any man, who has the least title to perception or sole consolation was limited to the prospect of humanity, to injure such innocence and perfece depositing her sorrows in the grave; and her tion! For my own part, had I been so undeonly wish was to procure a retreat in which she servedly happy-Heaven and earth! Forgive might wait with resignation for that happy pee my transports, madam ; I cannot help seeing riod. Yet this melancholy comfort she could and admiring such divine attractions. I cannot obtain without the advice and mediation of not help resenting your wrongs; it is the cause Fathom, whom she therefore still continued to of virtue I espouse ; it ought to be the cause of see and consult. While these consultations every honest man. were held, Renaldo's bosom was ravaged with He had often repeated such apostrophes as tempests of rage and distraction. He believed these, which she ascribed to nothing else than himself superseded in the affection of his mis- sheer benevolence and virtuous indignation, tress, by some favoured rival, whose success and actually began to think he had made some rankled at liis soul; and though he scarce durst impression upon hier heart; not that he now communicate the suspicion to his own heart, entertained the hope of an immediate triumph his observation continually whispered to him, over her chastity. The more he contemplated that he was supplanted by his friend Fathom; her character, the more difficult the conquest for Monimia was totally detached from the con- seemed to be ; he therefore altered his plan, versation of every other man, and he had of and resolved to carry on his operations under late noted their intercourse with distempered the shelter of honourable proposals, foreseeing eyes.
that a wife of her qualifications, if properly
managed, would turn greatly to the account of suspense, by owning you have involuntarily the husband ; or, if her virtue should prove re- captivated the heart of that unhappy maiden.' fractory, that he could at any time rid him- To this solemn interrogation he made no reself of the incumbrance, by decamping with- ply; but, shedding a flood of tears (of which out beat of drum, after he should be cloyed he had always a magazine at command), he rewith possession.
peated his desire of withdrawing, and took God Elevated by these expectations, he, one day, to witness, that what he proposed was solely in the midst of a preconcerted rhapsody, ime for the quiet of his honoured patron and be porting, that he could no longer conceal the fire loved friend. “ Enough (cried the unfortunate that preyed upon his heart, threw himself on Renaldo), the measure of my woes is now his knees before the lovely mourner, and im- filled up. So saying, he fell backwards in a printed a kiss on her fair hand. Though he swoon, from which he was with difficulty redid not presume to take this liberty till after covered to the sensation of the most exquisite such preparation as he thought had altogether torments. During this paroxysm, our advena extinguished her regard for Melvil, and paved turer nursed him with infinite care and tenderthe way for his own reception in room of that ness; he exhorted him to summon all his fordiscarded lover, he had so far overshot his titude to his assistance; to remember his foremark, that Monimia, instead of favouring his fathers, and exert himself in the imitation of declaration, started up, and retired in silence, their virtues; to fly from those bewitching her cheeks glowing with shame, and her eyes charms which had enslaved his better part; to gleaming with indignation.
retrieve his peace of mind, by reflecting on the Ferdinand no sooner recovered from the con- inconstancy and ingratitude of woman; and fusion produced by this unexpected repulse, amuse his imagination in the pursuit of honour than he saw the necessity
of coming to a speedy and glory: determination, lest the offended fair one should After these admonitions, he abused his ears appeal to Renaldo, in which case they might be with a forged detail of the gradual advances mutually undeceived, to his utter shame and made to him by Monimia, and the steps he had confusion : he therefore resolved to deprecate taken to discourage her addresses, and re-estaher anger by humble supplications, and by pro- blish her virtue ; poisoning the mind of that testing, that, whatever tortures he might suffer credulous youth to such a degree, that, in all by suppressing his sentiments, she should never probability, he would have put a fatal period to again be offended with a declaration of his pas- his own existence, had not Fathom found means sion.
to allay the rage of his ecstasy, by the cunning Having thus appeased the gentle Monimia, arrangement of opposite considerations. and discovered, that, in spite of her resentment, set his pride against his love, he opposed his his friend still kept possession of her heart, he resentment to his sorrow, and his ambition to determined to work an effectual separation, so his despair. Notwithstanding the balance of as that the young lady, being utterly deserted power so settled among these antagonists, so by Melvil, should be left altogether in his violent were the shocks of their successive conpower. With this Christian intention, he be flicts, that his bosom fared like a wretched progan to sadden his visage with a double shade of vince, harassed, depopulated, and laid waste, pensive melancholy, in the presence of Renaldo, by two fierce contending armies. From this to stifle a succession of involuntary sighs, to moment, his life was nothing but an alternation answer from the purpose, to be incoherent in of starts and reveries : he wept and raved by his discourse, and, in a word, to act the part of turns, according to the prevailing gust of pasa person wrapt up in sorrowful cogitation. sion; food became a stranger to his lips, and
Count Melvil, soon as he perceived these sleep to his eye-lids; he could not support the symptoms, very kindly inquired into the cause presence of Monimia ; her absence increased of them, and was not a little alarmed to hear the torture of his pangs, and, when he met her the artful and evasive answers of Ferdinand, by accident, he started back with horror, like a who, without disclosing the source of his disa traveller who chances to tread upon a snake. quiet, earnestly begged leave to retire into some The poor afflicted orphan, worn to a shadow other corner of the world. Roused by this en- with self-consuming anguish, eager to find some treaty, the Hungarian's jealousy awoke, and, lowly retreat, where she could breathe out her with violent agitation, he exclaimed, “ Then soul in peace, and, terrified at the frantic beha. are my fears too true-My dear Fathom, I viour of Renaldo, communicated to Fathom her comprehend the meaning of your request. I desire of removing ; and begged that he would have for some time perceived an host of hor- take a small picture of her father, decorated rors approaching from that quarter. I know with diamonds, and convert them into money, your worth and honour. I depend upon your for the expense of her subsistence. This was friendship, and conjure you, by all the ties of the last pledge of her family, which she had reit, to free me at oncc from the most miserable ceived from her mother, who had preserved it
in the midst of numberless distresses ; and no then, assuming an air of condolence, animated other species of misery but that which she with that resolution which a friend ought to groaned under could have prevailed upon the maintain on such occasions, " My dear Count daughter to part with it: but, exclusive of other (said he), I am not at all surprised at your emomotives, the very image itself, by recalling to tion, because I know what an heart, susceptible her mind the honours of her name, upbraided as yours, must feel from the apostacy of one her with living in dependence upon a man who who has reigned so long the object of your love, had treated her with such indignity and ingra- admiration, and esteem. Your endeavours to titude; besides, she flattered herself with the drive her from your thoughts must create an hope that she should no: long survive the loss agony much more severe than that which diof this testimonial.
vorces the soul from the body. Nevertheless, I Our adventurer, with many professions of am so confident of your virtue and your man sorrow and mortification at his own want of ca- hood, as to foresee, that you will allow the frail pacity to prevent such an alienation, undertook Monimia to execute that resolution which she to dispose of it to the best advantage, and to hath so unwisely taken, to withdraw herself provide her with a cheap and retired apartment, from your love and protection. Believe me, my to which he would conduct her in safety, though best friend and benefactor, this is a step, in at the hazard of his life. In the mean time, consequence of which you will infallibly retrieve however, he repaired to his friend Renaldo; your peace of mind. It may cost you many bitand, after having admonished him to arm his ter pangs, it may probe your wounds to the soul with patience and philosophy, declared that quick ; but those pangs will be soothed by the Monimia's guilty passion for himself could no gentle and salutary wing of time, and that problonger be kept within bounds; that she had ing will rouse you to a due sense of your own conjured him, in the most pressing manner, to dignity and importance, which will enable you assist her in escaping from an house which she to convert your attention to objects far more considered as the worst of dungeons, because worthy of your contemplation. All the hopes she was in it daily exposed to the sight and of happiness you had cherished in the possession company of a man whom she detested ; and of Monimia are now irrecoverably blasted ; her that she had bribed him to compliance with her heart is now debased beneath yonr considerarequest, not only with repeated promises of tion; her love is, without all doubt, extineternal love and submission, but also with the guished, and her honour irretrievably lost; inpicture of her father set with diamonds, which somuch, that, were she to profess sorrow for her she had hitherto reserved as the last and great- indiscretion, and implore your forgiveness, with est testimony of her affection and esteem. the most solemn promises of regarding you for
With these words he presented the fatal the future with unalterable fidelity and affecpledge to the eyes of the astonished youth, tion, you ought not to restore her to that place upon whom it operated like the poisonous sight in your heart which she hath so meanly forfeitof the basilisk ; for, in an instant, the whole ed, because you could not at the same time repassions of his soul were in the most violent instate her in the possession of that delicate agitation. “ What! (cried he, in an ecstasy of esteem without which there is no harmony, no resentment) is she so abandoned to perfidy, so lost rapture, no true enjoyment in love. No, my to shame, so damned to constancy, to gratitude, dear Renaldo, expel the unworthy tenant from and virtuous love, as to meditate the means of your bosom ; allow her to fill up the measure leaving me without decency, without remorse! of her ingratitude, by deserting her lover, to forsake me in my adversity, when my hap- friend, and benefactor. Your glory demands less fortune can no longer flatter the pride and her dismission; the world will applaud your vanity of her expectation ! O woman! woman! generosity, and your own heart approve of your woman! what simile shall I find to illustrate conduct: so disincumbered, let us exert ourselves the character of the sex ? But I will not have once more in promoting your departure from recourse to vain complaints and feeble exclama- this island, that you may revisit your father's tions. By Heaven ! she shall not 'scape ; she house, do justice to yourself and amiable sister, shall not triumph in her levity; she shall not and take vengeance on the author of your exult in my distress : no! I will rather sacrifice wrongs ; then dedicate yourself to glory, in her to my just resentment, to the injured powers imitation of your renowned ancestors, and flouof love and friendship. I will act the avenging rish in the favour of your imperial patron.” minister of Heaven ! I will mangle that fair bo- These remonstrances had such effect upon som, which contains so false an heart! I will the Hungarian, that his face was lighted up tear her to pieces, and scatter those beauteous with a transient gleam of satisfaction. He emlimbs, as a prey to the beasts of the field, and braced Ferdinand with great ardour, calling him the fowls of the air !”
his pride, his Mentor, his good genius, and enFathom, who expected this storm, far from treated him to gratify the inclination of that attempting to oppose its progress, waited with fickle creature so far, as to convey her to anpatience until its first violence was overblown ; other lodging, without loss of time, while he
would, by absenting himself, favour their re had not created such perfection in vain; that she treat
was destined to receive as well as to communis Our hero, having obtained this permission, cate happiness; and that the Providence which went immediately to the skirts of the town, she so piously adored, would not fail, in due where he had previously bespoke a small though season, to raise her from distress and affliction, neat apartment, at the house of an old woman, to that honour and felicity for which she was widow of a French refugee. He had already re- certainly ordained. In the mean time, he enconnoitred the ground, by sounding his land- treated her to depend upon his service and fide lady, from whose poverty and complaisance he lity, and the article of her board being settled, found reason to expect all sorts of freedom and he left her to the company and consolation of opportunity for the accomplishment of his aim her discreet hostess, who soon insinuated herupon Monimia's person. The room being pre- self into the good opinion of her beauteous pared for her reception, he returned to that dis- lodger. corsolate beauty, to whom he presented ten While our hero was employed in this transguineas, which he pretended to have raised by action, Renaldo sallied forth in a sort of intoxia pledging the picture, though he himself acted cation, which Fathom's admonitions had inas the pawnbroker on this occasion, for a very spired ; and, repairing to a certain noted coffeeplain and obvious reason.
house, engaged at chess with an old French reThe fair orphan was overjoyed to find her fugee, that his attention, by being otherwise wish so speedily accomplished : she forth with employed, might not stray towards that fatal packed up her necessaries in a trunk; and an object which he ardently wished to forget. But, hackney coach was called in the dusk of the unluckily for him, he had scarce performed evening, in which she embarked with her bag. three moves of the game, when his ears were gage and conductor.
exposed to a dialogue between two young genYet she did not leave the habitation of Re- tlemen, one of whom asked the other if he naldo without regret. In the instant of part- would go and see the orphan acted at one of the ing, the idea of that unfortunate youth was as- theatres ; observing, as a farther inducement, sociated with every well-known object that pre- that the part of Monimia would be performed sented itself to her eyes; not as an inconstant, by a young gentlewoman who had never apungenerous, and perjured swain, but as the ac- peared on the stage. At mention of that name, complished, the virtuous, the melting lover, Renaldo started; for, though it did not prowho had captivated her virgin heart. As Fa- perly belong to his orphan, it was the appellathom led her to the door, she was met by Re- tion' by which she had been distinguished ever naldo's dog, which had long been her favourite, since her separation from her father's house, and the poor animal fawning upon her as she and therefore it recalled her to his imagination passed, her heart was overwhelmed with such a in the most interesting point of view. Though gush of tenderness, that a flood of tears stream, he endeavoured to expel the image, by a closer ed down her cheeks, and she had well nigh sunk application to his play, every now and then it upon the floor.
intruded upon his fancy, and at each return Ferdinand, considering this emotion as the made a stronger impression ; so that he found last tribute she would pay to Renaldo, hurried himself in the situation of an unfortunate bark her into the coach, where she soon recovered stranded upon some hidden rock, which, when her composure; and in a little time he ushered the wind begins to blow, feels every succeeding her into the house of Madam la Mer, by whom wave more boisterous than the former, until, she was received with great cordiality, and cona with irresistible fury, they surmount her decks, ducted to her apartment, with which she found sweep every thing before them, and dash her no other fault than that of its being too good all to pieces. for one in her forlorn situation. Here, while The refugee had observed his first emotion, the tear of gratitude started in either eye, she which he attributed to an unforeseen advantage thanked our adventurer for his benevolence and he himself had gained over the Hungarian ; but kind concern, assuring him, that she would not seeing him, in the sequel, bite his lip, roll his fail daily to beseech the most High to shower eyes, groan, writhe his body, ejaculate incohedown blessings upon him, as the orphan's friend rent curses, and neglect his game, the Hugueand protector.
not concluded that he was mad, and, being Fathom was not deficient in those expres- seized with terror and dismay, got up and sions that were best adapted to her present turn scampered off, without ceremony or hesitation. of mind. He observed, that what he had done Melvil, thus left to the horrors of his own was in obedience to the dictates of common hu- thought, which tortured him with the appremanity, which would have prompted him to as- hension of losing Monimia for ever, could no sist any fellow-creature in distress; but that her longer combat that suggestion, but ran homepeculiar virtue and qualifications were such as wards with all the speed he could exert, in orchallenged the utmost exertion of his faculties der to prevent her retreat. When he crossed in her service. He said, that surely Heaven the threshold, he was struck with such a damp