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of presaging fear, that he durst not in person strous and unnatural!"_" Such, my dear approach her apartment, nor even, by question- Count (replied our hero), is the caprice of a feing the servant, inform himself of the particu- male heart, fickle as the wind, uncertain as a lars he wanted to know: yet his suspense be- calm at sea, fixed to no principle, but swayed coming more insupportable than his fear, he by every fantastic gust of passion, or of whim. rushed' from room to room in quest of that Congratulate yourself, therefore, my friend, which was not to be found; and, seeing Moni- upon your happy deliverance from such a domia's chamber-door open, entered the deserted mestic plague-upon the voluntary exile of a temple in a state of distraction, calling aloud traitor from your bosom :--Recollect the dicupon her name. All was silent, solitary, and tates of your duty, your discretion, and your woeful, “ She is gone-(he cried, shedding a glory, and think upon the honours and elevated flood of tears)—she is for ever lost'; and all my enjoyment for which you are certainly ordained. hopes of happiness are fled !"
To-night let us, over a cheerful bottle, anticipate So saying, he sunk upon that couch on which your success; and to-morrow I will accompany Monimia had oft reposed, and abandoned him- you to the house of an usurer, who, I am inself to all the excess of grief and despondence. formed, fears no risk, provided twenty per cent. In this deplorable condition he was found by be given, and the borrower's life insured.” our adventurer, who gently chid him for his want of resolution, and again repelled his sore
CHAP. XLVII. row, by arousing his resentment against the innocent cause of his disquiet, having before-hand forged the particulars of provocation. “ Is it The art of borrowing further explained, and an possible (said he), that Renaldo can still retain account of a strange phenomenon. the least sentiment of regard for a fickle woman, by whom he has been so ungratefully In this manner did the artful incendiary forsaken and so unjustly scorned? Is it pose work upon the passions of the credulous unsussible he can be so disturbed by the loss of a pecting Hungarian, who pressed him to his creature who is herself lost to all virtue and breast with the most cordial expressions of decorum ?-Time and reflection, my worthy friendship, calling him his guardian, his saviour, friend, will cure you of that inglorious malady: his second father, and gave himself up wholly and the future misconduct of that imprudent to his advice. damsel will, doubtless, contribute to the reco- Next morning, according to the plan they very of your peace. Her behaviour, at leaving hal laid over night, they repaired to a tavern the house where she had received so many in the neighbourhood of the person to whom marks of the most delicate affection, was in all our adventurer had been directed, and were respects so opposite to honour and decency, that fortunate enough to find him in the house, I could scarce refrain from telling her I was transacting a money affair with a young gentleshocked at her deportment, even while she man who treated him with his morning's whet. loaded me with protestations of love. When a That affair being negotiated, he adjourned woman's heart is once depraved, she bids adieu into another room with Renaldo and his come to all restraint ;-she preserves no measures. panion, who were not a little surprised to see It was not simply contempt which she express- ihis minister of Plutus in the shape of a young ed for Renaldo ; she seems to resent his being sprightly beau, trimmed up in all the foppery able to live under her disdain ; and that resent of the fashion ; for they had hitherto always ment stoops to objects unworthy of indignation, associated with the idea of an usurer old age Even your dog was not exempted from the ef- and rusty apparel. After divers modish confects of her displeasure : for, 'in her passage to gees, he begged to know to what he should atthe door, she kicked the poor animal as one of tribute the honour of their message ; when Feryour dependants; and, in our way to the apart, dinand, who acted the orator, told him, that his ment I had provided for her, she entertained me friend, Count Melvil, having occasion for a sum with a ludicrous comment upon the manner in of money, had been directed to a gentleman of which you first made her acquainted with your his name, " and, I suppose (added he), you are · passion. All that modesty of carriage, all that the son of the person with whom the affair is to chastity of conversation, all that dignity of grief, be negotiated ?" which she knew so well how to affect, is now “ Sir (said this petit maitre, with a smile), I entirely laid aside, and when I quitted her, she perceive you are surprised to see one of my proseemed the most gay, giddy, and impertinent of fession in the appearance of a gentleman ; and her sex.”
perhaps your wonder will not cease, when I tell “. Gracious powers! (exclaimed Renaldo, you, that my education was liberal, and that I starting from the couch) am I under the delus once had the honour to bear a commission in the sion of a dream ; or are these things really so, British army. I was indeed a first lieutenant as my friend has represented them ? Such a to- of marines, and will venture to say, that no tal and sudden degeneracy is amazing! is mons officer in the service was more delicate than myself in observing all the punctilios of honour. to the peace of his family, and utterly ruined I entertained the utmost contempt for all the his reputation.-Nay, that very young gentletrading part of the nation, and suffered myselfman, from whom I am just now parted, will, in to be run through the body in a duel, rather all probability, be indebted to me for a very than roll with a brother-lieutenant, who was a genteel livelihood. He had obtained the ab broker's son: but, thank Heaven! I have long solute promise of being provided for by a great ago conquered all those ridiculous prejudices. man, who sits at the helm of affairs in a neighI soon observed, that without money there was bouring kingdom; but, being destitute of all no respect, honour, or convenience, to be ac- other resources, he could not have equipped quired in life; that wealth amply supplied the himself for the voyage, in order to profit by his want of wit, merit, and pedigree, having influ- lordship’s intention, unless I had enabled him ence and pleasure ever at command ; and that to pursue his good fortune.” the world never failed to worship the flood of Renaldo was not a little pleased to hear this atiluence, without examining the dirty channels harangue, to which Fathom replied with many through which it commonly flowed.
florid encomiums upon the usurer's good sense “ At the end of the war, finding my appoint- and humane disposition : then he explained the ments reduced to two shillings and four-pence errand of his friend, which was to borrow three per day, and being addicted to pleasures which hundred pounds, in order to retrieve his inherI could not possibly purchase from such a fund, itance, of which he had been defrauded in his I sold my half-pay for two hundred pounds, absence. which I lent upon bond to a young officer of “ Sir (said the lender, addressing himself to the same regiment, on condition that he should Count Melvil), I pretend to have acquired by insure his life, and restore one-fourth part of experience some skill in physiognomy ; and the sum by way of premium. I happened to though there are some faces so deeply disguised be lucky in this first essay: for the borrower, as to baffle all the penetration of our art, there having in six weeks expended the money, made are others, in which the heart appears with an excursion on the highway, was apprehended, such nakedness of integrity, as at once to retried, convicted of felony, and cut his own commend it to our good-will. I own your throat, to prevent the shame of a public execu- countenance prepossesses me in your favour; tion; so that his bond was discharged by the and you shall be accommodated, upon those insurers.
terms from which I never deviate, provided you “ In short, gentlemen, when I engaged in can find proper security, that you shall not this business, I determined to carry it on with quit the British dominions, for that, with me, such spirit, as would either make my fortune, is a condition sine qua non." or entirely ruin me in a little time; and hitherto This was a very disagreeable declaration to my endeavours have been tolerably successful: Renaldo, who candidly owned, that, as his connor do I think my proceedings a whit more cerns lay upon the continent, his purpose was criminal or unjust than those of other merchants, to leave England without delay. The usurer who strive to turn their money to the best ac- professed himself sorry that it was not in his count. The commodity I deal in is cash ; and power to oblige him ; and, in order to prevent it is my business to sell it to the best advantage. any farther importunity, assured them, he had A London factor sends a cargo of goods to mar. laid it down as a maxim, from which he would ket, and if he gets two hundred per cent. upon never swerve, to avoid all dealings with people the sale, he is commended for his industry and whom (if need should be) he could not sue by address. If I sell money for one-fourth part of the laws of this realm. that profit, certain persons will be so unjust as Thus the intervention of one unlucky and to cry, Shame upon me, for taking such advan- unforeseen circumstance blasted in an instant tage of my neighbour's distress ; not consider, the budding hopes of Melvil, who, while his ing, that the trader took four times the same visage exhibited the most sorrowful disappointadvantage of those people who bought his car. ment, begged to know, if there was any person go, though his risk was not balf so great as of his acquaintance who might be less scrupumine, and although the money I sold perhaps lous in that particular. retrieved the borrower from the very jaws of The young gentleman directed them to ano. destruction : for example, it was but yesterday ther member of his profession, and, wishing I saved a worthy man from being arrested for a them success, took his leave with great form sum of money, for which he had bailed a friend and complaisance. This instance of politeness who treacherously left him in the lurch: as he was, however, no more than a shift to disengage did not foresee what would happen, he had made himself the more easily from their entreaties; no provision for the demand, and his sphere of for, when the case was opened to the selife secluding him from all sorts of monied in- cond usurer, he blessed himself from such tercourse, he could not raise the cash by his customers, and dismissed them with the most credit in the usual way of borrowing ; so that, mortifying and boorish refusal. Notwithwithout my assistance, he must have gone to standing these repulses, Renaldo resolved to gaol, a disgrace which would have proved fatal make one desperate push ; and, without al
lowing himself the least respite, solicited, he supposed could not fail to disgust the mere
“Sir, your story is plausible; and your friend
Renaldo's eyes began to sparkle at this preliMeanwhile, being resolved to try the experi- minary question; to which he replied, that he ment upon the children of Israel, they betook could procure the testimony of the emperor's themselves to the house of a rich Jew, whose minister, to whom he had occasionally paid his wealth they considered as a proof of his rapa- respects since his first arrival in England. ciousness ; and, being admitted into his count- " If that be the case (said the Jew), take the ing-house, they found him in the midst of half trouble to call here to-morrow morning at eighs a dozen clerks, when Renaldo, in his imagina- o'clock, and I will carry you in my own coach tion, likened him unto a minister of darkness to the house of his excellency, with whom I surrounded by his familiars, and planning have the honour to be acquainted; and, if he has schemes of misery to be executed upon the nothing to object against your character or prehapless sons of men. In spite of these sugges- tensions, I will contribute my assistance towards tions, which were not at all mitigated by the for- your obtaining justice at the imperial court.” bidding aspect of the Hebrew, he demanded a The Hungarian was so much confounded as private audience; and, being ushered into ano- this unexpected reception, that he had not ther apartment, he explained his business with power to thank the merchant for his promised manifest marks of disorder and affliction. In- favour, but stood motionless and silent, while deed his confusion was in some measure owing the streams of gratitude ran down his cheeks. to the looks of the Jew, who, in the midst of This genuine emotion of the heart was of more his exordium, pulled down his eyebrows, which weight with the Jew, than the eloquent acwere surprisingly black and bushy, so as, in ap- knowledgment which Ferdinand took the oppearance, totally to extinguish his visage, though portunity of making for his friend ; and he was he was all the time observing our youth from fain to dismiss them a little abruptly, in order bebind those almost impenetrable thickets. to prevent a second discharge of that same rheum
Melvil, having signified his request, “Young of which he had already complained. gentleman (said the Israelite, with a most dis- Melvil recollected all that had happened as a cordant voice), what in the name of goodness dream, which had no foundation in truth, and could induce you to come to me upon such an was all day long in a sort of delirium, produced errand ? Did you ever hear that I lent money by the alternate gusts of hope and fear that still to strangers without security ?”. “No (replied agitated his bosom; for he was not yet without Renaldo), nor did I believe I should profit by apprehension of being again disappointed by my application : but my affairs are desperate ; some unlucky occurrence. and my proposals having been rejected by every He did not, however, fail to be punctual to Christian to whom they were offered, I was re- the hour of his appointment, when the Jew told solved to try my fate among the Jews, who are him, there would be no occasion for visiting the reckoned another species of men.”
ambassador, because Renaldo had been, the Fathom, alarmed at this abrupt reply, which preceding day, recognised by one of the clerks
who had been employed as a purveyor in the im- at the picture which he drew, and in this par. perial army; and who, knowing his family, ticular conformed with the admonition of his confirmed every thing he had alleged. “ After friend. breakfast (continued this benevolent Israelite), One hundred pounds of the Jew's money was I will give you an order upon my banker for immediately appropriated for the payment of five hundred pounds, that you may be enabled his most urgent debts; the like sum he preto appear at Vienna as the son and representa- sented to his friend Fathom, with a solemn tive of Count Melvil ; and you shall also be promise of sharing with him whatever good for. furnished with a letter of recommendation to a tune might await him in Germany: and though person of some influence at that court, whose Monimia had forfeited all title to his regard, friendship and countenance may be of some so ill could he bear the prospect of her distress, service to your suit: for I am now heartily en- that he intrusted his dear companion with the geged in your interest, in consequence of the half of what remained, to be expended for her fair and unblemished character which I find use, fully resolving to screen her from the shocks you have hitherto maintained."
and temptations of want, as the circumstances The reader must appeal to his own heart, to of his future fate would allow. acquire a just idea of Renaldo's feelings, when Fathom, far from opposing, applauded his every tittle of these promises was fulfilled, and generosity with marks of extreme wonder and the merchant refused to take one farthing by admiration, assuring him, that she should be Fay of premium, contenting himself with the put in possession of his bounty immediately slender security of a personal bond. He was, after his departure, he being unwilling to make in truth, overwhelmed with the obligation, and her acquainted with her good fortune before certainly disposed to believe that his benefactor that period, lest, finding his affairs in a fair way was something more than human. As for Fa- of being retrieved, she should be base enough to thom, his sentiments took a different turn; and worship his returning prosperity, and, by false he scrupled not to impute all this kindness to professions, and artful blandishments, seek to some deep-laid interested scheme, the scope of ensnare his heart anew. which he could not at present comprehend.
After the tumults of the young gentleman's joy had subsided, and he found himself eased
CHAP. XLVIII. of that burdensome poverty under which he had groaned so long, his thoughts, which before Count Fathom unmasks his battery ; is repulsed ; were dissipated upon the various circumstances and varies his operations without effect. of distress, began to collect themselves in a body, and to resume their deliberations upon a Every necessary preparation being made, subject which they had been long accustomed Renaldo, accompanied by our adventurer, took to consider ; this was no other than the forlorn the road to Dover, where he embarked in a Monimia, whose idea now emerged in his bo- packet-boat for Calais, after having settled a som, being disencumbered of one part of the correspondence with his dear Ferdinand, froin load by which it had been depressed. He men whom he did not part without tears. He had tioned her name to Fathom with marks of the before solicited him be his fellow-traveller, most melting compassion, deplored her apostacy; that he might personally enjoy the benefit of and, while he protested that he had divorced his conversation and superior sagacity ; but her for ever from his heart, expressed an in- these entreaties he strenuously opposed, on preclination to see her once more before his de- tence of his being determined to push his forparture, that he might in person exhort her to tune in England, which he considered as his penitence and reformation.
native country, and as the land in which (of Our adventurer, who dreaded such an inter- all others) a man of merit has the best encourview as the infallible means of his own ruin, agement. Such were the reasons he alleged for resisted the proposal with the whole power of refusing to attend his benefactor, who was himhis elocution. He affirmed, that Renaldo's de- self eagerly desirous of attaining a settlement in sire was a manifest proof that he still retained the island of Great Britain : but our hero's real part of the fatal poison which that enchantress motives for staying were of a very different had spread within his veins; and that the sight complexion. The reader is already informed of of her, softened by his reproaches into tears and his aim upon the fair orphan, which, at present, affected contrition, would dispel his resentment, was the chief spring of his conduct: he may disable his manhood, and blow the embers of also recollect such passages of his life, as were his former passion to such a rage, as would sufficient to deter him from re-appearing at hurry him on to a reconciliation, which would Presburg or Vienna: but, besides these reflecdebase his honour and ruin his future peace.- tions, he was detained by a full persuasion that In a word, Ferdinand described the danger that Renaldo would sink under the power and influwonld attend the meeting in such emphaticence of his antagonist, consequently be renderterms, that the Hungarian started with horror ed incapable to provide for his friends; and that he himself, fraught with wiles and experience overpaid, I have solemnly renounced his coras he was, could not fail to make himself amends respondence.” for what he had suffered among a people equally When she heard that, instead of betraying rich and unthinking;
the least symptom of regret or compassion for Melvil having embraced our adventurer, and her unhappy fate, the perfidious youth had exwith a deep sigh bid him take care of the un- ulted over her fall, and even made her a subject fortunate Monimia, committed himself to the for his mirth, the blood revisited her faded sea, and, by the assistance of a favourable gale, cheeks, and resentment restored to her eyes that was, in four hours, safely landed on the French poignancy which sorrow had before overcome. shore ; while Fathom took post-horses for Lon. Yet she scorned to give speech to her indignadon, where he arrived that same night, and next tion ; but, forcing a smile, “Why should I day, in the forenoon, went to visit the beauteous repine (said she) at the mortifications of a life mourner, who had as yet received no intimation which ì despise, and from which, I hope, Heaof Renaldo's departure or design. He found her ven speedily will set me free !" in the attitude of writing a letter to her incon- Fathom, fired by her emotion, which had rem stant lover, the contents of which the reader called all the graces of her beauty, exclaimed in will be acquainted with in due time. Her coun- a rapture, “ Talk not so contemptuously of this tenance, notwithstanding the veil of melancholy life, which hath still a fund of happiness in by which it was overcast, seemed altogether se- store for the amiable, the divine Monimia. rene and composed; she was the picture of pious Though one admirer hath proved an apostate resignation, and sat like Patience on a monument, to his vows, your candour will not suffer you to smiling at grief. After having paid the com- condemn the whole sex. Some there are, whose pliment of the morning, Fathom begged pardon bosoms glow with passion equally pure, unalfor having omitted to visit her during three terable, and intense. For my own part, I have days, in which, he said, his time had been sacrificed to a rigid punctilio of honour the wholly engrossed in procuring a proper equipage dearest ideas of my heart. I beheld your unfor Count Melvil, who had at last bid an eternal rivalled charms, and deeply felt their power : adieu to the island of Great Britain.
yet, while a possibility of Melvil's reformation At this information the hapless Monimia fell remained, and while I was restrained by my back in her chair, and continued some minutes niggard fortune from making a tender worthy in a swoon; from which, being recovered, “ Ex- of your acceptance, I combated with my inclicuse me, Mr Fathom (cried she, with a deep nations, and bore without repining the pangs of sigh); this, I hope, is the last agony I shall hopeless love. But, now that my honour is feel from my unhappy passion.”—Then, wiping disengaged, and my fortune rendered indepenthe tears from her lovely eyes, she retrieved her dent, by the last will of a worthy nobleman, tranquillity, and desired to know by what means whose friendship I was favoured with in France, Renaldo had been enabled to undertake his I presume to lay myself at the feet of the adojourney into the empire. Our hero, upon this rable Monimia, as the most faithful of admirers, occasion, assumed the whole merit of having whose happiness or misery wholly depends upon promoted the interest of his friend, by giving her nod. Believe me, madam, these are not her to understand, that he, in consequence of the professions of idle gallantry-I speak the an unforeseen windfall, had defrayed the ex- genuine, though imperfect, language of my pense of the Count's equipment; though he ob- heart: words, even the most pathetic, cannot served, that it was not without reluctance he do justice to my love. I gaze upon your beauty saw Renaldo make a wrong use of his friend- with ravishment; but I contemplate the graces ship.
of your soul with such awful veneration, that I * Although I was happy (proceeded this art tremble while I approach you, as if my vows ful traitor) in being able to discharge my obli- were addressed to some superior being." gations to the house of Melvil, I could not help During this declaration, which was profeeling the most sensible chagrin, when I saw nounced in the most emphatic manner, Monimy assistance rendered subservient to the tri- mia was successively agitated with shame, anumphs of the youth’s baseness and infidelity; ger, and grief; nevertheless, she summoned her for he chose, as the companion of his travels, whole philosophy to her aid, and with a tranthe abandoned woman for whom he had for- quil, though determined air, begged he would saken the all-perfect Monimia, whose virtue and not diminish the obligations he had already conaccomplishments did not preserve her sacred ferred, by disturbing, with such unseasonable from his ungrateful sarcasms and unmannerly addresses, a poor unhappy maid, who had de ridicule. Believe me, madam, I was so shocked tached all her thoughts from earthly objects, at his conversation on that subject, and so much and waited impatiently for that dissolution incensed at his want of delicacy, that my tem- which alone could put a period to her misforper was scurce sufficient for the ceremony of tunes. parting: and now that my debt to his family is Fathom, imagining that these were no other