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as my valued and best-beloved friend." This reproof, and others of the same description, at length silenced his counsellor; he never again attempted to give advice, where it was so ungraciously received and unattended to.

By the letter of Anselmo, however, to the confessor, dated. Turin, on the eve of his imprisonment, it appears that the monk was then in possession of the important secret that so closely combined the fate of Anselmo with, that of Rodolphus; and that he deeply commiserated the situation of the former, is to be inferred from the interest Lodovico took in his concerns, and the unfeigned sorrow he expressed on the lamentable day that Eleanor was taken away from Valleroy.

From these unpleasant reveries, she was now awakened by the return of Aldrude, who apologized for her protracted absence, by informing Eleanor that her mistress, she believed, had purposely kept her in waiting to prevent her attending

on her guest" I fancy she begins to fear me," continued Aldrude, 66 supposing me, what she well merits, that I am her enemy; for she strictly charged me not to remain longer with you, signora, than to deliver her message, which is, that you are to be in readiness to set off for Arezzo by five to-morrow morning, as the carriage will be at the castle gates at that hour precisely."

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Then," said Eleanor, "I must await the promised sequel of your history of the lady Rodolphus until my return, as I would not for the world have you incur displeasure on my account; yet much do I wish to hear how you have so soon been able to release the poor captive?"-" You surprise me, signora!" ejaculated Aldrude at this question. "I have not stirred from my mistress's room since I left you!"-" Who, then, could it be? for just now," continued Eleanor, "I saw a person, apparently disguised, walk hastily along the ramparts; he look


ed several times towards this part of the castle, and to these apartments, waved his hand, and shortly after, with great quickness, he descended, and following the track which leads into the forest, instantly disappeared."

Astonishing!" replied the woman, " as I'm certain it was not my Trepano, because I passed Finito in the hall, who, on my inquiring of him the time of night, said, in his usual surly manner, 'Late enough, for I have wanted my supper these three hours, and should have had it,' he continued, if I could have finished my letter sooner to my lord.' That's his excuse," said Aldrude, "for staying so long in that horrible place; writing long letters, or accounts to be made out, is generally the story.' A variety of conjectures, therefore, succeeded this information respecting this disguised person, but none likely to convince either that it was the captive. The light was now again glimmering in the apartments

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apartments of the tower, from which they supposed Finito had re-entered the prison; and as all was silent, the hope Eleanor had entertained ended in disappointment.

Her simple repast, consisting of some bread and fruit, was now laid out in great form by Aldrude, who, on having piled some more wood on the fire, and closed the window-shutters, entreated to remain with Eleanor during the night, as there was no fear of interruption from madame Rodolphus, or that she would be acquainted of it, most of the servants having gone to bed, and her room apart from the rest. Eleanor offered but slight opposition to this proposal, being so consonant with her wishes to hear the sequel of what Aldrude had informed her of in the morning.

Naturally of a communicative disposition, and facility of expressing it, this wish was readily complied with; and in recommencing it, said, "Well, signora,


I have before told you, my mistress says that the lady Eleonora, being invited with her father and mother to pass her birthday at Valleroy, saw, for the first time, the accomplished Theodore, who had just returned from the univer sity at Florence." Aldrude then proceeded to relate, that they soon became deeply enamoured; and that the young man, to afford proofs of his love, fought a duel with a Venetian nobleman, who aspired to the honour of her hand in marriage; and that the noble lord fell a victim to Theodore's resentment.

"Merciful Heaven!" exclaimed Eleanor, "do you mean the present count Anselmo?"-" Aye, the very same; but on account of his father's wish for him to marry a lady of immense wealth, and signora Rodolphus having nothing but personal charms to recommend her, their attachment was kept a secret; they used to meet each other in the gothic temple, which, my lady says, was a very grand


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