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any body so well as she liked him. He had now opportunities of admiring the fimple sweetness of her character, and every study of her temper, and her unadulterated heart taught him anew the value of the jewel he had found. From Mrs. Glenmorris he learned some lingular circumstances that had occurred in her life, and that of the father of Medora.
The rigours of winter, which soon followed the departure of the London party, sometimes made the return of Delmont to Upwood at a late hour of the evening, painful to those he left, though the diftance was hardly two miles by the footway.
Mrs. Glenmorris was therefore occasionally prevailed upon to pass two or three days at the house of Delmont, and then it was they tasted the felicity of mutual confidence ; of that fort of sympathy which unites people who love, and mutually understand each other. Delmont had seized the first occasion
that offered to write to Glenmorris, and he looked forward with anxious folicitude to the time when he was to receive an answer, on which the future happiness of his life depended. Mrs. Glenmorris, however, encouraged him to entertain the most fanguine hopes; and Medora afsured him, that if he knew her father, he would have no apprehensions as to the success of his application.
The winter fled away but too swiftly; for such happiness as Delmont then enjoyed was not soon to return. The cla. mour of the country was, in the meantime, loud and vehement against him ; and Mrs. Nixon, as well as many old women of all defcriptions in the neighbouring towns, as well as fome young ones, afferted that Mr. Delmont had turned his aunt, good lady, and his two sisters, poor things ! out of doors, to make room for a mistress.
The optimists (however, very numerous among these good folks) soon began
to consider this imaginary crime and misdemeanor, as ordered by superior power ; and as one of the proofs which they are fond of seizing, that “good always comes out of evil;" “ that all is for the best, and could not possibly be better;" for a few weeks only after Caroline's departure with her aunt, she was addressed by a young man of large fortune, whose mother was the intimate friend of the old lady, and who (doubtless without any view to the fortune Caroline was likely to have) had influence enough with her son to direct his choice. Caroline was indeed a young woman who had great personal recommendations, and Mr. Bethune found no difficulty in obeying his mother, when The desired him to prefer a very pretty girl, of a family to which it gratified his pride to be allied, and who had an almost certain prospect of a fortune of between twenty and thirty thousand pounds.
274 THE YOUNG PHILOSOPHER.
George Delmont was not consulted his sister indeed paid him the compliment of writing, to inform him of her intended marriage - to which he could only answer, that she had all his wishes for her hap-. piness.
END OF THE FIRST VOLUME.