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the cause of this sudden afflicting change; yet so far respected the silent grief of his noble prisoner, as to withdraw into an adjoining chamber, there to await until the emotions of anguish had subsided, and the serenity of his mind returned.

Several hours now elapsed before the count could sufficiently command his feelings as to receive company. Captain Luzzara, on re-entering the saloon, could not avoid expressing the real concern he felt at his altered appearance, so much for the worse, that he feared the most serious consequences would be the result. Anselmo heard not the entrance of the officer; his attention was still completely engrossed in examining the portrait, which had so augmented the distresses of his present unhappy situation; and even when the count did recognize him, and could gain courage to converse on the subject, his questions and answers were so incoherent, as to make

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make Luzzara deeply lament the having presented him with so fatal a gift. In hopes of calming the troubled mind of the count, who was so ill at ease, he sincerely wished for the presence of his friend Rodolphus, and therefore intimated the same, with an offer to send an express for him. This offer, however, now became unnecessary, for a servant entered the saloon, and announced the arrival of signior Rodolphusthe officer immediately withdrew.

Joy lighted up the woe-worn countenance of Anselmo, as he arose from his seat to welcome this friend of his youth, in whom he had been accustomed to place the most unbounded confidence. They remained in close discourse until near midnight. Part of their latter confer-, ence was uttered in so high and menacing a tone of voice, as to be distinctly overheard by the two officers in the adjoining apartment. Luzzara, who entertained the most profound respect for the count,

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now felt a great desire to interrupt these warm altercations, particularly on observing Rodolphus was the aggressor. Yet the fear of offending Anselmo prevented what otherwise his heart would have dictated; he heard Rodolphus charge his friend with cowardice;" and on an explanation being demanded as to that de grading expression, he said, "His meaning was this-by your condescension to the senate, and humiliating offer in regard to the liberation of Albert de Montauban, you endeavour to purchase the golden opinions of your judges; fearing death, you hope to escape from it by that kind of process, which, to an honourable man, would be contemned and derided;" and continued" if you are innocent, boldly avow it-do not cringe and fawn, like a detestable parasite, to make every honest character ashamed of you!""Such another word," exclaimed the enraged Anselmo, "and I will send your soul to heaven! I cannot bear it

my brain's on fire. Is it for this I have counted every hour an age, until I embraced my friend; to repose my sorrows in a sympathizing breast, and alone from him to expect consolation? and thus are my expectations answered with threats, revilings, and contumelious treatment, to confer an additional and cruel weight to the misery I already suffer."

"It is your own conduct," said Rodolphus, in a more softened tone of voice," that has produced it: What is Montauban to you? and what his mother?" He paused.-"My wife!" reiterated the exasperated Anselmo; " and may perdition seize on those who dare to utter a breath of calumny against so peerless a woman!"

"Come, come, these differences of ours," he replied, with equal warmth, but less displeasure in his manner," injures the cause which our meeting was 'intended to promote. If I am brought to Turin, merely to expatiate and lis

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ten to your extravagant encomiums on an Almeria, fare you well-my time is too precious to be trifled away in conversation that is suited only to a bottle companion."

The indignant Anselmo now rang the bell for his servant; and in taking leave of Rodolphus, said with great deliberation, "I do not stand in need of any further advice, sir; what you have already conferred on me is quite sufficient -for it appears most clearly, that in a fancied friend I have found an inveterate foe!"

Lights were now brought to conduct the count to his chamber; he then made an obeisance to his enraged visitor, and instantly retired.

Rodolphus was thunderstruck at the lofty behaviour of Anselmo, from whom he had expected, through the fallen state of his fortunes, and degraded situation, to have witnessed the most obsequious humility and contrition. This last act of

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