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George Delmont then, without waiting for an answer, went again to consult Armitage, meaning to set out instantly for the north. His brother, forgetting in five minutes all that had passed, dressed him., felf to ride in the park, where Miss Goldthorp had promised to meet him, and where the plan was finally arranged. Miss Goldthorp, in a week afterwards, became Mrs. Delmont. Dr. Winslow stood amaz. ed at her cruelty, and lost his appetite in consequence of this bitter disappointment. Mrs. Winslow's fits were fo feFious, that she was hastened to the sea; and poor

Middleton determined to escape from the raillery of his acquaintance, the amazement of his father, and the nervousness of his mother, by driving his curricle on a tour to the Lakes, about which he cared nothing.

The Major and his bride fat out in great splendor for Southampton, in the neighbourhood of which his regiment was quartered.

CHA P. IV.

Helas !--Où trouver des traits et des couleurs,
Qui puissent retracer l'exces de ses douleurs :

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EN miserable days had passed since

Mrs. Glenmorris had been confined and treated as a mad woman. Reduced to the last stage of weakness by a devouring fever, she recovered her reason only to kaow that she had lost every thing else.. Why she was where she found herself she knew not, nor by whose authority lhe : had been placed there. Her extreme languor and feebleness permitted her not to remonstrate; it hardly suffered her: mildly and plaintively to entreat of the perfons she saw around her information as to the caufe and duration of her con-finement, and implore them to tell her if Medora, her dear child, had been heard of, and would be restored to her..

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Those whose business it was to attend the invalids in the house treated her now with gentleness and humanity; but they told her that all questions were useless, and that she must forbear to make them. Very fain would she have known if the idea, that confusedly floated in her mind, of having seen her mother, had any foundation, or was merely the dream of delirium. It was in vain the unfortunate mother of Medora endeavoured to recal distinctly the succession of images which seemed to have passed through her mind, before they were totally lost in the overwhelming misery of her lofs; a lofs which, though it had not at first wholly annihilated her faculties, had from its! very commencement fo fhaken them as to be absolutely insupportable when her endeavours to recover that loss were evidently vain; and even now, when she thought of what the present state of her daughter might be; she became fick and giddy. The earnest, the agonizing defire to set forth once more in search of:

Medora,

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Medora, and the cruel certainty that she was herself a prisoner, continually overcame the little strength she had acquired, and she was compelled to throw herself on her bed, and shut out the light -the light that seemed to reproach her for beholding it, when the only object she delighted to gaze upon was no where to be seen.

The woman, who was chiefly her attendant, endeavoured sometimes to reason with her and sometimes to amuse her ; but in such a state of mind the most profound reasoning would have failed ; and such as a coarse and uneducated woman could offer, served only to tease and irritate her; yet as she could never prevail on the woman to leave her alone any where but in her own room, fhe often declined what the woman told her was directed by her physicians, to walk in a large garden that belonged to the house. It was surrounded by an high wall, and terminated by a group of old limes, to which there had formerly been a walk of

cut

cut holly, but it had long been suffered to grow as a shade and screen for the unhappy patients, of which there were never less than six or eight in this large and melancholy abode, which had for. merly been a nobleman's villa, and fifty years ago had frequently received the statesman at his hours of retirement, and the courtier in his moments of relaxation; but fold on the extinction of the male branch of the family, it had been now for many years a receptacle for lunatics, whose friends could afford to give very: high prices for their accommodation..

Like all those, who with even morbid. sensibility, have encountered singular ca-. lamities, Mrs. Glenmorris found nothing, that during her convalescence,, was fo; foothing to her as the air-There, it: feemed as if, fhaking off the weight that: impelled her to the earth, she could expatiate in boundless space; and again meet that angelic creature, who, sbe feared, was for ever loft to her in this world of woe and disappointment.. In the air she

breathed!

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