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the succeeding morning, was, by the imperative orders of Rodolphus, torn from the fostering bosom of its mother, and given in charge to a woman he had expressly hired for that purpose.


"That unnatural act completed," said. Aldrude," which, notwithstanding all my lady says to the contrary, I hold it as such, the woman instantly departed with the child; and by the command of Rodolphus they proceeded to France, which my mistress says was about the time that the present count Anselmo relates his singular adventure respecting yourself, signora, and therefore," she continued, "my lady affirms it was the order of signior Rodolphus that you should be delivered, although unknown as such, to the care and protection of your father."

Aldrude paused after this bold assertion, as expecting a reply from her auditor, but who, to her infinite astonishment, remained silent, still keeping a stedfast

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a stedfast look on her, without discover ing the least emotion, or even change of countenance; Aldrude therefore continued-" You may easily imagine now, signora, the grief of the lady Rodolphus at such extreme cruelty of her brother; it was not, however, of long duration; for, as I understand, the poor soul took it so much to heart, (the loss of her infant,) that she died in a few weeks afterwards, and was privately buried in the convent chapel of St. Margaret's, not far distant from the castle of Valleroy."

Thus finished Aldrude's account of the unfortunate sister of Rodolphus; with this conclusion only,." That the young Anselmo was much afflicted at hearing: of the death of Eleonora, which was communicated to him by the present signior Rodolphus, who did not, however, disclose the fatal cause of it, as he was unwilling to publish the disgrace, such conduct had brought on himself and family."

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From the letter of count Anselmo to the confessor of Santa Maria, previous to his imprisonment, the reader will perceive, that he entertained an idea of his near affinity to Eleanor, by the express command and injunction he sent to the monk to remove her from Valleroy ; and that if she was found to correspond, or even cherish the least remembrance of Albert de Montauban, that instant.she was to embrace the veil, and be secluded from the world for ever,

The extreme of grief has but little to do with language; Eleanor neither spoke, sighed, or shed one tear, at the conclusion of the mysterious history.Fixed despair annihilated every tender feeling. The account was too awfully distressing to admit of consolation. Aldrude became truly alarmed; in vain was her every endeavour to recall Eleanor from the stupor which had seized every faculty; and therefore bitterly did the woman reproach herself for

having divulged the secret reposed in her by madame Rodolphus; and it was only then she began to reflect what benefit could possibly accrue to herself from relating it; as such intelligence, she observed, was by no means acceptable to the already-distressed Eleanor, whose mental sufferings, although great before, were light in comparison with those she now endured. By the relation of Aldrude, in one moment, beyond the possibility of change, was her future fate decided. "The love," thought Eleanor, "that I have so long cherished, must be annihilated from my bosom, for ever, as it is now become a crime. For the first time, too, I have heard that I have a father; but oh! under what afflicting circumstances!" At that idea, however, no petulant or disgraceful word passed her lips, or sullied, for an instant, the purity of her mind. The pride of ancestry she had ever held as an ignoble boast, true greatness of soul needing no

claims of superior birth or prerogative to shew its lustre; it rests on itself alone, and is the dearest, proudest boon, Heaven could bestow on man.

Such being the sentiments of Eleanor, her unhappiness arose more from the contemplation of another's misery than on her own. Bewildered, therefore, from the rapidity of thought that crowded on her brain, as to the means she should employ to warn and awaken count Anselmo from his mistaken credulity respecting Rodolphus, whom, if what she had heard be true, (and there was little doubt of the contrary,) he was the last man on earth from whom Anselmo could have a right to expect friendship. These reflections it was that so deeply distressed her in the manner we have before described; for as she mentally rehearsed with agony," how contradictory is this credulity with the acknowledged sense of count Anselmo, to expect good offices and benevolence from the man he has

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