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this vehicle, and I was defired to get out of that I was in, and to enter it.
Again I would have refifted, and again I found that resistance might subject me to insults, but would finally avail me nothing. I reproached Darnell with the perfidy and infamy of his conduct. He seemned now to have found an unusual degree of courage, and answered me with a surly fort of triumph. I implored him to tell me whither he was about to take me? he said, to people quite as good as I was-people of honour and character. I could give no other answer to his impertinence, than I should be very much furprised if I found it so, since it would be indeed extraordinary if people of honour and character were connected with a man, who was acting in absolute defiance to both. After travelling, as nearly as I could guess, fixteen or eighteen miles, and stopping once at a very forlorn looking house, which I have since thought belonged to one of Mr. Darnell's tenants, for the people, as if through
fear, preserved a profound filence, the chaife stopped before the old falhioned thick walls of a sort of court, surroundfing, or rather which was before, an old manfion house of gloomy and gothic appearance. There were two greatbrick pillars, with heavy stone work over them, which time had eaten intoexcavations, and which chance and nature had fown with wall-flawers, valerian, rag-wort, and antirhinum ; within they were mantled with ivy, or lined with holly. Over the front of the house a vine was trained, which concealed fome of the casements. I refused to get out, for the appearance of the place, which I did not then, as you may believe, lo minutely investigate, frightened me. A gain however I had no choice. I descend ed, and entered the house
several steps: and this I found was the place in Yorkshire Darnell had spoken of, and was the residence of his mother, and of an old aunt of her's, to whom the house belonged. I was shewn into a parlour, which I am persuaded had remained in the ftate it was
-now in for some centuries. The tapestry with which one fide was hung reprefented: Judith with the head of Holo. phernesta mnost terrific subject and most ghastly execution. The other two parts of the room were painted to imitate cedar. The curtain of an immense old window seemed once to have been green mixed damaik, but it retained very little of its original hue, and was now of a dingy yellow. The great chimney was all thining with brass, and there was a worked kreen and worked chairs, which the old lady's care liad not been able to save froin the depredations of the moths. You will wonder how I could have at that moment a mind sufficiently difengaged to attend to these minute remarks; but I had time enough to make them after my first disquiet fublided. I
S. That disquiet was not, you may imad gine, inconsiderable, when I found myself in fúch a place, of which I had no doubt but thatį Darnell was absolute master. He left me as if to give the first impulses of terror time to operate;' but it 'had a contrary effect, and allowed me'a respite, which I used in considering the means of escape, and resolving rather to hazard my life than long to remain in this man's power. *". After about half an hour, a coarse but clean female fervant entered the room, and took from the corner of it an old
Japan' tea table, on which was arranged the best tea equipage. A small filver tea kettle and lamp next made their appearance, and in a few moments Mrs. Darnell, the buxom widow, as the still affected to be entered, led by her son, who with wonderful assurance introduced me the young lady who had done him the honour to have fo favourable an opinion of
him. She was a fat gentlewoman, almost as broad as fhé was high, with her hair or wig frizzled and powdered quite white; fine rosy cheeks lianging down on her surprifing bust, which was ornamented with beads, and her son's picture fuspended to them. She approached me
with the sort of air people have who feel the most perfect confidence in their own powers of pleasing, and would have kissed my cheek, but I liked her familiarity almost as little as her fon's, and stepped back, · You are in an error, Madam,' faid I, that person whom you call your fon, but whose name I hardly know, has deceived you, and I call upon you, as you are a woman, and I am willing to fuppose a gentlewoman, to influence him that I may be restored to my mother.?
in Well,' cried the jolly dame, her great face appearing to enlarge as the spoke,
Well, this does indeed, Miss, furpass all belief, Humph! Very strange surely! but I will nat believe a young person like 30%, Miss, will stand in her own light fo much-and besides, let me tell
you, that aftar the step you have taken it is doing yourself a great injary, and you cannot fappofe you will make your market allewhere,' The woman then went on to give me a long history of her fon's virtues, qualities, property, and expectaM 6