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all his tenderness and attachment. She was not and fidelity, and who, now she was debarred of backward in conveying a reply to this expostu- his company and conversation, and in danger of lation, which seemed to have been dictated in losing him for ever, had actually taken the reall the distraction of a proud woman who sees solution of disclosing the amour to her father, her vengeance baffled, as well as her love dis- that he might interpose in behalf of her peace dained. Her letter was nothing but a succession and reputation, and secure her happiness by the of reproaches, menaces, and incoherent execrae sanction of the church. tions. She taxed him with knavery, insensibility, and dissimulation ; imprecated a thousand curses upon his head, and threatened not

CHAP. XVIII. only to persecute his life with all the arts that hell and malice could inspire, but also to wound Our Hero de parts from Vienna, and quits the him in the person of her daughter-in-law, who domain of Venus for the rough field of Mars. should be enclosed for life in a convent, where she would have leisure to repent of those loose LUCKILY for our adventurer, before he adand disorderly practices which he had taught hered to this determination, the young Count her to commit, and of which she could not pre- de Melvil was summoned to Presburg by his tend innocence, as they had it in their power to father, who desired to see him, before he should confront her with the evidence of her lover's take the field, in consequence of a rupture bee own confession. Yet all this denunciation was tween the Emperor and the French King; and qualified with an alternative, by which he was Fathom of course quitted Vienna, in order to given to understand, that the gates of mercy attend his patron, after he and Renaldo had rewere still open, and that penitence was capable sided two whole years in that capital, where the of washing out the deepest stain of guilt. former had made himself perfect in all the po

Ferdinand read the whole remonstrance with lite exercises, become master of the French great composure and moderation, and was con- tongue, and learned to speak Italian with great tent to incur the hazard of her hate, rather than facility ; over and above those other accomplishput her to the trouble of making such an effortments in which we have represented him as an of generosity, as would induce her to forgive inimitable original. the heinous offence he had committed ; nor did As for the young Count, his exteriors were so his apprehension for Wilhelmina in the least much improved by the company to which he influence his behaviour on this occasion : so had access, since his departure from his father's zealous was he for her spiritual concerns, that house, that his parents were equally surprised he would have been glad to hear she had actually and overjoyed at the alteration. All that awk taken the veil; but he knew such a step was wardness and rusticity, which hung upon his not at all agreeable to her disposition, and that deportment, was, like the rough coat of a no violence would be offered to her inclinations diamond, polished away; the connexion and on that score, unless her stepmother should disposition of his limbs seemed to have been communicate to the father that letter of Fa- adjusted anew; his carriage was become easy, thom's which she had intercepted, and by which his air perfectly genteel, and his conversation the German would be convinced of his daughter's gay and unrestrained. The merit of this reforbacksliding ; but this measure, he rightly sup- mation was in a great measure ascribed to the posed, the wife would not venture to take, lest care and example of Mr Fathom, who was rethe husband, instead of taking her advice touch- ceived by the old Count and his Lady with marks ing the young lady, should seek to compromise of singular friendship and esteem ; nor was he the affair, by offering her in marriage to her de overlooked by Mademoiselle, who still remainbaucher, a proffer, which, if accepted, would ed in a state of celibacy, and seemed to have reoverwhelm the mother with vexation and de- signed all hope of altering her condition ; she spair. He therefore chose to trust to the effects expressed uncommon satisfaction at the return of lenient time, which he hoped would gradual- of her old favourite, and re-admitted him into ly weaken the resentment of this Penthesilea, the same degree of familiarity with which he and dissolve his connexion with the other parts had been honoured before his departure. of the family, from which he longed to be to- The joy of Teresa was so excessive at his ar. tally detached.

rival, that she could scarce suppress her rapHow well soever he might have succeeded in tures, so as to conceal them from the notice of his attempts to shake off the yoke of the mo- the family; and our hero, upon this occasion, ther, who, by her situation in life, was restrained performed the part of an exquisite actor, in disfrom prosecuting those measures her resentment sembling those transports which his bosom had planned against his fortitude and indiffer- never knew. So well had this pupil retained ence; he would have found greater difficulty the lessons of her instructor, that, in the midst than he had foreseen, in disengaging himself of those fraudulent appropriations, which she from the daughter, whose affections he had won still continued to make, she had found means under the most solemn professions of honour to support her interest and character with Mademoiselle, and even to acquire such influence Notwithstanding this exemption from all in the family, that no other servant, male or duty, our adventurer managed matters so as to female, could pretend to live under the same pass for a youth of infinite mettle, and even roof, without paying incessant homage to this rendered his backwardness and timidity subartful waiting-woman, and yielding the most servient to the support of that character, by abject submission to her will.

expressing an impatience of lying inactive, and The young gentlemen having tarried at Prese a desire of signalizing his prowess, which even burg about six weeks, during which a small the disabled condition of his body could scarce field equipage was prepared for Renaldo, they restrain. He must be a man of very weak repaired to the camp at Heilbron, under the nerves and excessive irresolution, who can live auspices of Count Melvil, in whose regiment in the midst of actual service, without imbibthey carried arms as volunteers, with a view to ing some portion of military fortitude ; danger merit promotion in the service by their own becomes habitual, and loses a great part of its personal behaviour. Our adventurer would terror; and as fear is often caught by contahave willingly dispensed with this occasion of gion, so is courage communicated among the signalizing himself, his talents being much bet- individuals of an army. The hope of fame, deter adapted to another sphere of life; never- sire of honours and preferment, envy, emulatheless, he affected uncommon alacrity at the tion, and dread of disgrace, are motives prospect of gathering laurels in the field, and which co-operate in suppressing that aversion subscribed to his fortune with a good grace; to death or mutilation, which nature hath imforeseeing, that even in a campaign a man of planted in the human mind; and therefore it his art and ingenuity might find means to con- is not to be wondered at, if Fathom, who was sult his corporal safety, without any danger to naturally chicken-hearted, gained some advanhis reputation. Accordingly, before he had lived tages over his disposition before the end of the full three weeks in camp, the damp situation, campaign, which happened to be neither periland sudden change in his way of life, had such ous nor severe. a violent effect upon his constitution, that he During the winter, while both armies rewas deprived of the use of all his liinbs, and mained in quarters, our adventurer attended mourned, without ceasing, his hard fate, by his patron to Presburg, and, before the troops which he found himself precluded from all op- were in motion, Renaldo obtained a commis. portunity of exerting his diligence, courage, sion, in consequence of which he went into garand activity, in the character of a soldier, to rison at Philipsburg, whither he was followed which he now aspired.

by our hero, while the old Count's duty called Renaldo, who was actually enamoured of a him to the field in a different place. Ferdinand martial life, and missed no occasion of distin- for some time had no reason to be dissatisfied guishing himself, consoled his companion with with this disposition, by which he was at once great cordiality, encouraged him with the hope delivered from the fatigues of a campaign, and of seeing his constitution familiarized to the in- the inspection of a severe censor, in the person conveniences of a camp, and accommodated him of Count Melvil ; and his satisfaction was still with every thing which he thought would alle, increased by an accidental meeting with the viate the pain of his body, as well as the an- Tyroleze who had been his confederate at xiety of his mind. The old Count, who sin- Vienna, and now chanced to serve in garrison, cerely sympathized with his affliction, would on the same footing with himself. These two have persuaded him to retire into quarters, knights-errant renewed their former correspondwhere he could be carefully nursed, and pro- ence, and, as all soldiers are addicted to gamvided with every thing necessary to a person in ing, levied contributions upon all those officers his condition ; but such was his desire of glory, who had money to lose, and temerity to play. that he resisted his patron's importunities with However, they had not long pursued this great constancy, till at length, seeing the old branch of traffic, when their success was intergentleman obstinately determined to consult rupted by a very serious occurrence, that for the his health by removing him from the field, he present entirely detached the gentlemen in the gradually suffered himself to recover the use of garrison from such amusements. The French his hands, made shift to sit up in his bed, and troops invested Fort Kehl, situated on the amuse himself with cards or back-gammon, Rhine, opposite to Strasburg; and the Imand, notwithstanding the feeble condition of perialists, dreading that the next storm would his legs, ventured to ride out on horseback to fall upon Philipsburg, employed themselves visit the lines, though the Count and his son with great diligence to put that important forta would never yield to his solicitations, so far as to ress in a proper posture of defence. If the suse let him accompany Renaldo in those excursions pension of play was displeasing to our hero, the and reconnoitring parties, by which a volunteer expectation of being besieged was by no means inures himself to toil and peril

, and acquires more agreeable. He knew the excellence of the that kuowledge in the operations of war, which French engineers, the power of their artillery, qualifies him for a cominand in the service. and the perseverance of their general ; he felt,

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by anticipation, the toils of hard duty upon ed a prospect of England, not only as his native
the works, the horrors of night-alarms, can- country, to which, like a true citizen, he longed
nonading, bombardment, sallies, and mines to be united; but also as the land of promise,
blown up; and deliberated with himself, flowing with milk and honey, and abounding
whether or not he should privately withdraw, with subjects on which he knew his talents
and take refuge among the besiegers; but would be properly exercised.
when he reflected that such a step, besides the These reflections never occurred, without
infamy that must attend it, would be like that leaving a strong impression upon the mind of
of running upon Scylla, seeking to avoid our adventurer, which influenced his delibera-
Charybdis, as he would be exposed to more tions in such a manner, as at length amounted
danger and inconvenience in the trenches than to a perfect resolution of withdrawing himself
he could possibly undergo in the town, and, privately from a service that teemed with dis-
after all, run the risk of being taken and treated agreeable events, and of transporting himself
as a deserter ; upon these considerations le re- into the country of his ancestors, which he con-
solved to submit himself to his destiny, and sidered as the Canaan of all able adventurers.-
endeavoured to mitigate the rigour of his fate But, previous to his appearance on that stage,
by those arts he had formerly practised with he was desirous of visiting the metropolis of

He accordingly found means to enjoy France, in which he hoped to improve himself a very bad state of health during the whole in the knowledge of men and things, and acsiege, which lasted about six weeks after the quire such intelligence as would qualify him trenches were opened ; and then the garrison to act a more important part upon the British marched out by capitulation, with all the ho- scene. After having for some time indulged nours of war.

these prospects in secret, he determined to ac

commodate himself with the company and ex-

perience of the Tyroleze, whom, under the
specious title of an associate, he knew he could

convert into a very serviceable tool, in forwardHe puts himself under the guidance of his aso ing the execution of his own projects.

sociate, and stumbles upon the French camp, Accordingly, the inclination of this confede where he finishes his military career.

rate was sounded by distant hints, and being

found apt, our hero made him privy to his deNothing else of moment was transacted sign of decamping without beat of drum ; during that campaign ; and in the winter our though, at the same time, he begged his adadventurer, with the young Count, and his vice touching the method of their departure, friend the Tyroleze, were disposed in quarters that he might retire with as much delicacy as of cantonment, where Ferdinand made himself the nature of such a step would permit. Divers amends for the chagrin he had undergone, by consultations were held upon this subject, bem the exercise of those talents in which he excel fore they adhered to the resolution of making led. Not that he was satisfied with the sphere their escape from the army, after it should have of life in which he acted ; though he knew taken the field in the spring; because, in that himself consummate in the art of play, he was case, they would have frequent opportunities not at all ambitious of a gamester's name; nor of going abroad on foraging parties, and, during did he find himself disposed to hazard those one of these excursions, might retire in such a discoveries and explanations to which heroes manner as to persuade their companions that of that class are sometimes necessarily exposed. they had fallen into the enemy's hands. His aim was to dwell among the tents of civil Agreeable to this determination, the camp was life, undisturbed by quarrels and the din of no sooner formed in Alsace, than our associates war, and render mankind subservient to his in- began to make preparations for their march, and terest, not by stratagems which irritate, but by had already taken all the previous measures for that suppleness of insinuation, which could not their departure, when an accident happened, fail to sooth the temper of those on whom he which our hero did not fail to convert to his meant to prey.

own advantage: this was no other than the He saw, that all his expectations of Count desertion of Renaldo's valet, who, in consequence Melvil's future favour were connected with his of a gentle chastisement, which he had richly choice of a military life ; and that his promotion merited, thought proper to disappear, after havin the service would, in a great measure, depend ing plundered his master's portmanteau, which upon his personal behaviour in such emergen- he had forced open for the purpose. Ferdinand, cies as he did not at all wish to encounter. On who was the first person that discovered the the other hand, he confided so much in his own theft, immediately comprehended the whole ad. dexterity and address, that he never doubted of venture, and, taking it for granted that the debeing able to rear a splendid fortune for him- linquent would never return, resolved to finish self, provided he could once obtain a fixed and what the fugitive had imperfectly performed. firm foundation. He had in fancy often enjoy.' Being favoured with the unreserved confi.

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dence of the young Count, he instantly had re- frustrated their intention, but even led them course to his bureau, the locks of which he directly to the French camp: so that, in the found means to burst open, and, examining a twilight, they fell in upon one of the out-guards, private drawer contrived, with great art, to con- before they were aware of their mistake. What eeal Renaldo's jewels and cash, made himself ever confusion and perplexity they might unmaster of the contents without hesitation; then, dergo, when they heard themselves questioned eutting open his cloak-bag, and strewing the by the sentinel on the advanced post, certain it tent with his linen and clothes, began to raise is, they betrayed no symptoms of fear or disorhis voice, and produce such a clamour as alarmed der ; but, while Ferdinand endeavoured to rethe whole neighbourhood, and brought a great collect himself, his fellow-traveller, with the many officers into the tent.

appearance of admirable intrepidity and preHe, on this, as on all other occasions, peró sence of mind, told the soldier, that he and his formed his cue to a miracle, expressing confu- companion were two gentlemen of family, who sion and concern so naturally in his gestures had quitted the Austrian army, on account of and exclamation, that no man could possibly having sustained some ill-usage, which they had suspeet his sincerity; nay, to such a degree of no opportunity of resenting in any other way ; finesse did his cunning amount, that when his and that they were come to offer their services friend and patron entered, in consequence of an to the French general, to whose quarters they intimation he soon received of his loss, our ad- desired to be immediately conveyed. venturer exhibited undoubted signs of distrac- The sentinel, to whom such an instance of tion and delirium, and, springing

upon Renaldo desertion was neither rare, nor indeed uncomwith all the frantic fury of a bedlamite, “ Vile mon, directed them without scruple to the next lain ! (cried he), restore the effects you have post, where they found a serjeant's party, from stole from your master, or you shall be immea which, at their request, they were transmitted diately committed to the care of the prevot." - to the officer of the grand guard, and by him However mortified M. de Melvil might be at next morning introduced to Count Coigny, who his own misfortune, the condition of his friend very politely received them as volunteers in the seemed to touch him more nearly; he under army of France. Though this translation was valued his own loss, as a trifle that could be not at all to our hero's liking, he was forced to easily repaired, said everything which he thought acquiesce in his fate, glad to find himself, on would tend to sooth and compose the agitation these terms, in possession of his effects, of which of Ferdinand, and finally prevailed upon him to he would otherwise have been infallibly rifled. retire to rest. The calamity was wholly attri. This campaign, however, was the most disbuted to the deserter, and Renaldo, far from agreeable period of his whole life ; because the suspecting the true author, took occasion, from manner in which he had entered into the serhis behaviour on this emergency, to admire him vice, subjected him to the particular observation as a mirror of integrity and attachment; in and notice of the French officers ; so that he such an exquisite manner did he plan all his was obliged to be very alert in his duty, and designs, that almost every instance of his fraud summon all his fortitude to maintain the chafurnished matter of triumph to his reputation. racter he had assumed. What rendered his si

Having thus profitably exercised his genius, tuation still more unpalatable, was the activity this subtle politician thought it high time to of both armies in the course of this season, durelinquish his military expectations, and, se- ring which, over and above sundry fatiguing curing all his valuable acquisitions about his marches and counter-marches, he was personown person, rode out with his understrapper, in ally engaged in the affair of Hallch, which was the midst of fifty dragoons, who went in quest very obstinate, where, being in the skirts of the of forage. While the troopers were employed detachment, he was actually wounded in the in making up their trusses, the two adventurers face by the sword of an hussar ; but this was, advanced towards the skirt of a wood, on pre- luckily for him, the last time he found himself tence of reconnoitring, and the Tyroleze, who under the necessity of exerting his military undertook to be our hero's guide, directing him prowess, for a cessation of arms was proclaimed, to a path which leads towards Strasburg, they before he was cured of his wound, and peace suddenly vanished from the eyes of their com- concluded about the end of the campaign. panions, who in a few minutes, hearing the re- During his sojourn in the French camp, he port of several pistols, which the confederates assumed the character of a man of family, who, purposely fired, conjectured that they had fallen being disgusted at some supercilious treatment in with a party of French, by whom they were he had met with in the German service, and at male prisoners of war.

the same time ambitious of carrying arms under The Tyroleze had over-rated his own know the banners of France, took the opportunity of ledge, when he took upon himself the charge of retreating by stealth from his friends, aecomconducting our hero; for, upon their arrival at panied only by one with whom he could ina certain place, where two roads crossed each trust bis intention. In this capacity he had other, he chanced to follow that which not only managed his matters to such advantage, that many French officers of rank were very well form of a letter, directed to his friend, and see disposed to contribute their interest in his be- cured behind his own saddle a pair of leathern half, had his inclination verged towards promoc bags, in which his jewels and cash were usually tion in the army; but he thought proper to contained. So eager was our hero to leave the conceal his real design, under the specious pre- Tyroleze at a considerable distance behind, that text of longing to see the metropolis of France, he rode all night at a round pace without halte that centre of pleasure and politeness, in which ing, and next morning found himself at a vilhe proposed to spend some time for the im- lage distant thirteen good leagues from any part provement of his address and understanding of the route which he and his companion had at These were motives too laudable to be opposed first resolved to pursue. by his new patrons, some of whom furnished Here, thinking himself safely delivered from him with letters of recommendation to certain the cause of all his apprehension, he determined noblemen of the first rank at the court of Vere to lie incognito for a few days, so as that he sailles, for which place he and his companion might run no risk of an accidental meeting upon set out from the banks of the Rhine, very well the road with the person whose company he satisfied with the honourable dismission they had forsaken ; and accordingly took possession had obtained from a life of inconvenience, dan- of an apartment, in which he went to rest, deger, and alarm.

siring his guide to wake him when dinner

should be ready. Having enjoyed a very comCHAP. XX.

fortable refreshment of sleep, with his bags under his pillow, he was summoned according to

his direction, and ate a very hearty meal, with He prepares a Stratagem, but finds himself coune great tranquillity and internal satisfaction. In

termined; proceeds on his journey, and is over. the afternoon he amused himself with happy taken by a terrible tempest.

presages and ideal prospects of his future for

tune, and, in the midst of these imaginary banIn the course of this journey, Ferdinand, who quets, was seized with an inclination of realizing was never deficient in his political capacity, held his bliss, and regaling his eye-sight with the a secret conclave with his own thoughts, not fruits of that success which had hitherto atonly touching the plan of his own future con- tended his endeavours. Thus inflamed, he duct, but also concerning his associate, of whose opened the repository, and, O reader! what fidelity and adherence he began to entertain were his reflections, when, in lieu of Mademoisuch doubts as discouraged him from the prose- selle Melvil's ear-rings and necklace, the Gere cution of that design, in which the Tyroleze man's golden chain, divers jewels of considerable had been at first included : for he had lately value, the spoils of sundry dupes, and about two observed him practise the arts of his occupation hundred ducats in ready money, he found neiamong the French officers, with such rapacity ther more nor less than a parcel of rusty nails, and want of caution, as indicated a dangerous disposed in such a manner as to resemble in temerity of temper, as well as a furious rage of weight and bulk the moveables he had lost. acquiring, which might be some time or other It is not to be supposed our adventurer made satiated upon his own friends. In other words, this discovery without emotion. If the eternal our adventurer was afraid that his accomplice salvation of mankind could have been purchased would profit by his knowledge of the road and for the tenth part of his treasure, he would countries through which they travelled, and, have left the whole species in a state of reproafter having made free with his most valuable bation, rather than redeem them at that price, effects, in consequence of the familiarity sube unless he had seen in the bargain some evident sisting between them, leave him some morning advantage to his own concerns : one may therewithout the ceremony of a formal adieu. fore easily conceive with what milkiness of re

Aroused by this suspicion, he resolved to an- signation he bore the loss of the whole, and saw ticipate the supposed intention of the Tyroleze, himself reduced from such affluence to the neby taking his own departure in the same abrupt cessity of depending upon about twenty ducats, manner; and this scheme he actually put in and some loose silver, which he carried in his execution, upon their arrival in Bar-le-duc, pocket, for his expense upon the road. How, where it was agreed they should spend a day to ever bitter this pill might be in swallowing, he repose and refresh themselves from the fatigue so far mastered his mortification, as to digest it of hard riding. Ferdinand, therefore, taking with a good grace : his own penetration at once the advantage of his companion's absence, for pointed out the canal through which this misthe Tyroleze had walked abroad to view the fortune had flowed upon him; he forth with town, found means to hire a peasant, who une placed the calamity to the account of the Tyrol. dertook to conduct him through a bye-road as eze, and, never doubting that he had retired with far as Chalons, and with this guide he accord the booty across the Rhine, into some place to ingly set out on horseback, after having dis- which he knew Fathom would not follow his charged the bill, left a blank paper sealed up in footsteps, he formed the melancholy resolution

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