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dark, I ftopped to recollect on which fide was the door opening to the lane that I had perceived the day before. Oh! there is no conveying an idea how my foolish heart beat, when, as I stood in this old gloomy place, I heard the rustling of the dried pot herbs, and at length foniething move among them, and foftly, softly, step among the matting; it was the garden cat; she came closer, purring and carefsing me, and I never remember a sensation more welcome than the certainty that my fears had at that moment been excited only by this inoffensive animal. I now acquired compofure enough to find the door; it was fastened, and dread again seized me. I felt about for the bolts, and found them, but could draw only one of them. All my efforts were fruitless with the other, though I applied my whole strength, and I then gave myself up far. loft--for a moment. I was under the neceffity of leaning against the wall to recover my breath, and consider to what expedient I could have recourse. I


thought a stone or an iron tool might affist me, and began, though in almost perfect darkness, to search for one, and fortunately I found in the window, to which the little light without doors guided me, a piece of a broken iron rake. I returned then with better hope to the inexorable bolt, and at length it gave way before my perseverance. The door was open, and I was in the lane.

“ I was again compelled to stop to recover my breath. I looked round me, undetermined which way to go; and in- . deed I had not yet confidered whither to bend my steps if I succeeded in escaping from my prison, the prospect of getting out alone filling my whole mind.

“ My situation was still most distressing-I was alone, unprotected, and a Atranger I had not the least idea which direction it would be safe to take to lead me from my pursuers, and to some place from whence I might find a conveyance to London. But it is, perhaps, only those who have felt themselves in the

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power of people they at once dread and despise, who can judge how much less wretched any fituation appeared than it would have been to have remained in the house I had left. I was, I hoped, free from that odious Darnell, and every other evil seemed light. - “ Fortunately I took the way, though by mere chance, that led to a common and in about half an hour I reached a more sandy and beaten tract, which would, I thought, if I followed it, cons duct me to a village or a town. I went on near a 'mile, and approached the end trance of another lane, but I then found it necessary to fit down, for 1 feared that if I fatigued myself too much, I should be overtaken by the inorning light before I could reach any place that might be an asylum against pursuit. It was better to manage my strength, and not to exhaust it all at oncé.

“ I reted myself, therefore, in a sort of hollow way worn by heavy carriages at the entrance of this lane, and listened to the dult night noises, congratulating myself that all was so quiet; for only the bells of a few sheep that fed on the common, and at a great distance the found of a water mill, and now and then the barking of a village watch dog, came in the pauses of the wind, which had now much abat. ed of its violence; but judge, my dear friend, of my apprehension and astonishment, when all at once I heard, and as I thought immediately near me, the yell of human voices, of men and women, either in riotous frolic or drunken contention ;. some laughed, some hooted, others fang or swore, and two or three were quarrelling and uttering words of abuse and menace, I cannot describe what I felt at that moment; I cannot recal it without shuddering. The noise seemed, I thought, approaching


Oh yes, there was no doubt but that it came nearer and nearer, and now it was so near that I could diftinguish oaths, curses, and thireats. How my heart fickened at the dread of fall. ing into such hands! What or who

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could they be? and was it of me they were in pursuit ? --Away fled all the fortitude I fancied I had collected and could exert! Terror absolutely deprived me of my breath. Thefe people, for I heard the voices of women among them, were either villagers fent in pursuit of me by Darnell, or they were night ruffians, vagabonds, gipsieș, or some fuch associated marauders; and the very idea of being in the power of such persons was more terrific than that of even Darnell himsels, for of him my contempt abated my apprehension.

I sat still, however, because I had no power to move, and thought that it was. impossible I could escape from this party, of whatsoever persons it was composed; but fortunately they took the way above the excavation of land-rock where I sat, and I crept closer within its crumbling hollows, as I heard them walking immediately above my head. They paf-.. fed ; I listened, and their voices became fainter and fainter, yet I continued to hear


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