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the fineries of dress were of the utmost importance, believed me. I chaffered with the man, though by no means well informed of the price I ought to have given ; while she, pleased in believing I began to be reconciled to my destiny, beckoned her son out to tell him how be should manage the little gallantry of presenting me with these things. This was beyond my hopes; I hastily gave my letter to the man, entreated him to put it into the post, and assured him, that on applying to my mother, whose address 1 gave him, he should be handsomely rewarded. I told him I had no money to make any purchases, and would not accept them from the person who lived there; but I begged he would accept for his trouble the half guinea I gave him. The man seemed willing to oblige me; and on the almost inflantaneous return of my persecutors, I excused myself as well as I could from my intended bargains, and' retired; trusting that the pedlar
would not betray me, and knowing my situation could not be materially worse if he did.
“ Mrs. Darnell and her son were both in very good humour at fupper ; they hardly doubted now of their final success, and seemed already to be allied to, and to poffefs the fortune of the coheiress of M. De Verdon, for fo this fapient Mr. Darnell had heard from Brownjohn that your poor Medora certainly was; and it was Brownjohn who, in consequence of that persuasion, had contrived with his brother the honourable exploit he now thought he should most undoubtedly execute fo happily.
" It was in the exultation of his heart, enlivened and elevated too by a considerable quantity of strong beer, that during fupper he betrayed to me these particulars. I suffered him to prate and parade of his schemes and projects; and as I never checked his impertinence so little, he feemed at last disposed to carry it farther,
and began to leer at me in a most difagreeable way, and to recal fome of his scraps of plays; but afraid his mother would leave us, I quitted the room fo hastily that he had no power to prevent me, and disregarding his entreaties as he followed me half way up stairs, I locked the door of my room, and he was com. pelled to repeat to “ the filent moon his enamoured lay,” which I heard him do for some time at the stair-case window to my very great annoyance; and still more was I disquieted by his folly when he came to my door, and quoted from I know not what plays an infinite deal of nonsense, in a tone which he probably thought very theatrical. l collected, however, from his murmuring lower and lower, and speaking more and more inarticulately, that the effects of what he had drank would foon prevent his continuing to moleft me. His mother, apprehensive that he might lose the ground the imagined he had gained in my
favour, favour, came up, and in a whisper perfuaded him to retire, The whole house foon became quiet, and I prepared with a beating heart for my evasion.
“ The moon, only in its first quarter,was fading away. I ventured to open the closet window. The wind had risen, menac, ing a storm, and I saw the branches of some great walnut-trees, which were in a close adjoining to the garden, bend and sway with violence before it. This was in my favour; for the rattling of the old doors and windows, and the fluttering of leaves, would prevent any noise I might make from being attended to. I adjusted my clothes as well as I could, put my night linen and cloak into my pockets, and tied my hat under my chin, and then with all the resolu, tion the urgency of the case required, I mounted on the window seat, and began to try to descend, finding a footing on the vinę branches, which befriended me more than I had dared to
hope. I held by fome while I stepped on others; once one of them loosened from the wall, and I had very nearly fallen; but I leaped down, and found myself on my feet on the ground, with no other hurt than foine scratches on my arms from the nails and roughness of the wall, which was not so high as my fears had represented it. I loft not a moment now in hastening away, yet trembling so much for fear of the dog that I could hardly move. I heard no noise, however, and hurried, breathless and looking behind me at every step, towards the old green house. It was immediately before the windows of the back front of the house; yet I trusted that none would at that hour be on the watch. My heart now fluttered least either of the doors of the greenhouse should be faftened ; and when I tried the first, the excess of my fear prevented me some time from opening it, but it was not locked; and I entered the greenhouse, which was almost entirely