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ous acquaintance, all of whom he con- head of a patriotic subscription, to
are not the only instances of the kind Dick Dashall, destitute himself that have fallen under my observaof fortune, had the good luck to tion. The term sneaking fellow is very marry a most amiable woman with a often expressed where honest ought very fine estate. He always treated most certainly to be used: this is the her in public with the greatest re-case with Sam Softly, who is a good spect and affection. No lover could husband, an excellent father, a warm be more gallantly assiduous in shawl- friend, and, in the strictest sense of
before he suffered her to the word, an honest man; but some venture out of a warm room, nor peculiarities of manner, a quaintness more careful in preventing her being of expression, and a strict businessincommoded by a crowd in getting like manner of settling with people, to her coach: consequently he was so as neither to cheat nor be cheatregarded by every body as a mira- ed, occasion him to be characterized cle of a husband; and when he se- by the generality of people as a duced the wife of his best friend, it poor-spirited creature, a miserable was generally allowed that the fault | animal, in short, a sneaking fellow. must be on the lady's side, because I am afraid that it is not the men it was impossible such a fine open- alone who are chargeable with this hearted fellow could be guilty of de- perversion of language; the ladies, liberate treachery. Yet this fine fel- || dear souls! are not wholly exempt low had laid close siege in private for from the same fault. Mrs. Drudgemonths to the wife of his friend, while well is declared by all her female he totally neglected his own; but the acquaintance to be the best creature world would not believe it, any more in the world. Is it her piety, charithan it would credit the report of ty, or generosity, that has procured his leaving a girl, whom he had se- her this character? Not at all: she duced, and her child, of whom he was owes it to her being the convenient the father, to starve at the very mo- friend, or rather sycophant, of all ment that he placed his name at the those with whom she is connected,
Ever. occupied in attending to her, may entitle her to a dinner, and to own interest, and sensible that no- the appellation of the best creature thing so effectually promotes it as in the world. those little nameless compliances My memory would furnish me with which cost the persons who make instances enough of the same kind them nothing but their dignity and to exhaust the reader's patience, independence of mind, she is always only that, fortunately for him, a fit at the orders of her friends; always of indolence induces me to postpone ready to go on their errands, to act the subject to some future opportuas a spy on their servants; in short, nity. to perform any servile office that
MADALENA, OR THE CONSEQUENCES OF ELOPEMENT.
(Continued from p. 150.) The lady of the eldest captain | tion took place. Mrs. Wortesly had had been Mrs. Gilman's most inti- never separated from her affectionmate acquaintance in the regiment, ate husband, and was therefore more and through her influence with Lady easily induced to assist Mrs. GilMelbourne, Captain Wortesly was man's innocent stratagem. She was appointed major. In a moment of indeed surprised, as Colonel Gilthe most agonizing perplexity, Mrs. man's unkindness had partly tranGilman had recourse to Mrs. Wortes- spired, and his free behaviour with ly; and the worthy old lady second- Miss Jervas had not escaped notice: ed her views, without prying into the however, when Mrs. Wortesly heard circumstances in which they origi- she was returning to England, Mrs. nated. Colonel Gilman had told his Gilman's avoidance of being her felwife, that the British troops were or- low-passenger was sufficiently acdered from Sicily to Portugal: she counted for. The transport in which must return to Britain, and Miss Major Wortesly was to sail was Jervas would be an agreeable com- crowded with men; at least Mrs. panion during his absence. Mrs. Wortesly assigned this as a reason Gilman was shocked by the latter for begging to have a state-room in part of the colonel's communication; the frigate in which Colonel Gilman but desirous of parting, as she had | was to sail to Portugal. She said a lived with him, on amicable terms, crowded ship would bring on a seshe suppressed the emotions of of- vere paroxysm of her haunting foe, fended delicacy, and only replied, the asthma; and Colonel Gilman, the that she hoped he would not be quintessence of politeness to every much appalled, though his good ge- lady except his wife, insisted that nius should take her semblance on Mrs. Wortesly should occupy his the banks of the Tagus. He gaily large state-room, and declared it was said, he must hail such an apparition always his intention to sling his cot as his better angel. Mrs. Gilman in his cabin. Mrs. Gilman was to told Mrs. Wortesly she wished to get on board in the evening, disguissmuggle herself to Portugal, and sur- ed as one of Mrs. Wortesly's attendprise the colonel when the debarka- i ants, and to have a bed in the same apartment. Colonel Gilman bade | of the frigate assured them that the farewell to his lady, and left Misswind was fair, and she made great Jervas wholly in her power; but she way. The stupifying oblivion of inemployed the opportunity to benefit toxication continued to hush the cathat unhappy girl
, not to retort inju- bin till the first hour after noon, when ries. The widow of a commissary the ladies were roused by Colonel clerk had been chiefly maintained Gilman ringing his bell. The door by Mrs. Gilman's bounty since the of the state-room had been left ajar decease of her husband: she was by Mrs. Wortesly's servant, the wife going home with her children, and of a soldier, and they could hear furnished with ample funds to pay the colonel tell his valet to bring his all expenses for Miss Jervas. Mrs. secretaire. Profound stillness again Croisdale took charge of her, en disposed the ladies to slumber, when gaging not to part from her till she a half angry exclamation from Cosaw her safe at the house of her fa- lonel Gilman and the coquettish ther, who had some appointment in laugh of Miss Jervas announced her the customs at Deptford. Miss Jer- vicinity. Her gaiety soon changed vas accounted for her violent grief to a doleful remonstrance at Colonel by saying, she had taken a long fare- Gilman's cruelty, as he imperiously well of her dearest female friend, a charged her with disobedience to Sicilian lady; and complaining of his injunctions, and presumptuous sea-sickness, went to bed. She knew folly, which had frustrated his ennothing of the arrangements between deavours to send her home with a Mrs. Gilman and Mrs. Croisdale, soldered, if not a sound reputation. and both supposed Mrs. Gilman was She was now blasted to all intents going to England, though she might and purposes; and if Mrs. Gilman be unfit for attending to Miss Jervas deigned to inquire for her, she must on deck. Mrs. Wortesly came to be convinced of incidents, that, till drink tea with Mrs. Gilman, as the then, she only suspected; and the fleets were not to weigh their an- uneasiness occasioned to her was to chors till early next morning; and him very offensive. Observing the as soon as darkness assisted the pro- poor castaway in tears, he continued jected masquerade, the colonel's and to say, that having madly reduced major's ladies left the vessel which herself to a rueful plight, she should was bound for England; and though bear in mind, that a pretty face was they were obliged to pass through all the barrier between her and the great cabin, where Colonel Gil- friendless penury. She ought not to man, with several officers, sat over dim her fine eyes with tears on any their wine, Mrs. Gilman was not re- || account, unless pearly drops from cognised.
lustrous orbs could dissolve the heart A contrary wind still detained them of a stripling Philander ; but Horain the harbour, and uproarious mer- tio Gilman knew the sex too well to riment in the cabin kept the ladies melt at an eye-stream, or to be dazawake. When morning was a little zled by an eye-beam. Miss Jervas, advanced, a bustle upon deck in- sobbing and wringing her hands, fell formed them that the seamen were at the feet of her relentless deluder, hoisting the sails. The easy motion vowing that his favour was all the world to her, and she must cling to up all her charms for conquest. She him for ever. He bade her remem- saw that her betrayer was determinber he had a wife.
ed to rid himself of her, and in de“ Yes," said the wretched girl, spair followed Poligni to the little rising from the humiliating posture state-room. Poligni returned to athe did not even assist her to quit; tend his master. “yes, alas! yes, Colonel Gilman had While dressing, Colonel Gilman a wife when he swore by every sa- vented his chagrin in a violent tirade cred name to love his cousin for against that teasing encumbrance, ever!"
Louisa Jervas. He compared her “ For ever!" repeated Gilman in bold encroachments with the sweet a manner that pointedly derided Lou- submissions of Mrs. Gilman, who isa's common-place expressions. “Can || never persecuted him with her unayou have been such a simpleton as lienable right to his adherence, and not to be aware, that all men become swore his own Madalena was myriads sages as soon as their passions are of times more beautiful than Jervas; sated ?"
being also transcendent in accomThe miserable Louisa could offer plishments and understanding. He no reply but tears; and, after a pause, almost confessed he had been infaColonel Gilman, without one touch tuated in preferring a silly, yet merof pity, begged she would be more cenary creature, to a wife who evincreasonable than to expect him to re-ed the most disinterested regard for main in folly or lunacy beyond the his happiness. Flashings of admiperiod usual to other fugitive lovers. rable good sense and good feeling Louisa upbraided, implored, expos- broke through the mists of sensutulated, but her destroyer was inex-alism in Colonel Gilman's discourse orable; in short, Mrs. Gilman heard with the wily Italian, who tried to enough to assure her, that the most foment the passions that made him a injured wife is not so pitiable as her confidant of his master's low pleaguilty rival, setting wholly out of the sures; and Mrs. Gilman too surely question the immeasurable difference knew, that though he did her justice between conscious innocence and in the contrast with Miss Jervas, beconscious shame. The colonel rang cause he was now disgusted with her, for his valet, and ordered him to do it must be in vain to hope he would up his little state-room in a minute, not soon be involved in guilt with and to take Miss Jervas's trunks some new object. thither, giving notice when all was Mrs. Wortesly had overheard so ready: Poligni might shift for him. much from the colonel's own lips, self among the colonel's retinue; and that reserves on the condition of Miss at his peril to be quick in preparing Jervas could be of no use; nor could the state-room. He soon returned Mrs. Gilman endure to consign her to say all was arranged for the lady. to irreclaimable depravity without He came just as Colonel Gilman had one effort to save her: she therefore finished telling Miss Jervas he would asked Mrs. Wortesly to interfere. place her at dinner beside the young Her age fully sanctioned her in seeand opulent Ensign Haddacombe; ing the unhappy girl, to prevail with and he recommended to her to call her to admit a respectable serjeant's wife to bear her company, and to employ the soldiers, they could have sleep in her room till they should hindered the flames from reaching reach land. Mrs. Wortesly was au- the powder-magazine; and she could thorized to promise her all necessary gather from the half-frantic replies comforts on board, and to be placed of the colonel, that he and his party, with a pension in a convent, till she hearing the unusual commotion, had could be sent to England under pro- sprung to the deck, and that the coper guardianship. Mrs. Wortesly lonel violently commanded the solwas detained from going to talk with diers to desist from the measuresMiss Jervas, for Major Wortesly i pointed out to them by the first lieucame from his transport on regimen-tenant. The sailors continued to tal business. A boisterous gale pre-work as directed, and prevailed with vented his immediate return, and the soldiers to recommence cutting Colonel Gilman invited him to din- off the communication between the ner. Mrs. Wortesly went to the fames and the powder; but Colonel state-room to offer her services to Gilman abused, threatened, and irMiss Jervas: she was not there. She ritated them, till they and the sailors had dressed herself gaudily, and was seeing no other chance to save themon deck, surrounded by the junior i selves, lowered the boats, and left officers. Mrs. Wortesly made se- Colonel Gilman and the officers to veral efforts to meet her alone, and their dreadful fate. What a hideous went late at night to her state-room, picture was presented to Mrs. Gilbut did not find her. A storm of two man! The colonel, emerged from the days' continuance kept Major Wor- place occupied by his valet, where tesly from leaving the frigate: the he had been securing some gold coin cabin continued to be a scene of in- and papers, which he was fixing temperance; and Major Wortesly, round his waist, while he uttered the not to incommode Mrs. Gilman, ac- most tremendous imprecations on the cepted Colonel Gilman's offer to sleep men who seized the boats, and he in bis cot a few hours, waiting the il kicked about whatever he found on first abatement of the gale to get deck. Others of the inebriated ofback to his transport. Major Wor- ficers were ejaculating the awful name tesly agreed, as if he was unwil of that Great Being whose most preling to disturb his wife by rising cious gift they had deformed and susvery early. The second night the pended by intemperance. Others ladies slept profoundly: before day prayed earnestly for deliverance, and they were called up by yells of“ Fire! in the next moment reproached heafire!" from many voices. Half un- ven for their perilous situation. Some dressed, they hurried to the cabin; exerted themselves manfully to assist all the gentlemen had left it, and the gentlemen who retained their they proceeded to join the affrighted senses, and then in despair threw group on deck. Mrs. Gilman could themselves prostrate, lamenting their not see her husband; but she had inextricable calamity. The captain the piercing grief to hear the gray of the frigate seemed to be sobered headed first lieutenant of the frigate by the call on his efforts, and he say to him, that if he had not so fu- contributed to the utmost of his powriously counteracted the attempt to er in the judicious means adopted