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pardon for your presumptuous prefellion of a paffion I could almost despise myself for inspiring. If it be true that you love me, go and find your purihment in that absence to which I dooin you; and never hope I will suffer a perion in my presence. who has affronted me in the manter you have done. Saying this, the went away, making a sign to him not to follow her. Mr. Glanville, who was at first disposed to laugh at the strange manner in which she received his expressions of esteem for her, found something so extremely haughty and contemptuous in the speech she had made, that he was almost mad with vexation. As he had no notion of his cousin's heroic sentiments, and had never read romances, he was quite ignorant of the nature of his offence; and, supposing the scorn she had expressed for him was founded upon the difference of their rank and fortune, his pride was so fenfibly mortified at that thought, and at her lo insolently forbidding him her presence, that he was once inclined to thew his resentment of such ungenteel usage. In the mean time, while he is Auctuating with a thousand different resolutions, Lucy came to him with a billet from her lady, which the delivered, without flaying for an answer. It was superscribed in this manner :

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Arabella, to the most presumptuous man in the world. YOU seem to acknowledge so little respect and deference

for the commands of a lady, that I am afraid it will be but too necessary to reiterate that, which, at parting, I laid upon you. Know then, that I absolutely insist upon your repairing, in the only manner you are able, the affront you have put upon me; which is, by never appearing before me again. If you think proper to confine me to my chamber, by continuing here any longer, you will add dirobedience to the crime by which you have already mortally offended

ARABELLA.

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• The superscription of this letter, and the uncommon Atile of it, persuaded Mr. Glanville, that he had been foolith enough to resent as an affront, what was defigned as a jest, and meant to divert him as well as herself: he examined her behaviour again, and wondered at his stupidicy in not discovering it before. His resentment vanishing immediately, he returned to the house, and went without ceremony 10, Arabella's apartment, which he entered before the perceived him, being in a profound musing at one of the windows: the noise he made in approaching her obliged her at laft to look up; when, starting, as if she had seen a bafililk, the flew to her closet, and, shutting the door with great violence, commanded him to leave her chamber immediately. Mr. Glanville, still supposing her in jeft, intreated her to open the door; but, finding she continued obftinate, Well, said he, going away, I shall be revenged on you some time hence, and make you repent the tricks you play me now.

Arabella not being able to imagine any thing, by these words he spoke in raillery, but that he really, in the spite and anguish of his heart, threatened her with some terrible enterprize ; she did not doubt, but he intended to carry her away : for, in fine, said she to Lucy, to whom the communicated all her thoughts, have I not every thing to ap- . prehend from a man, who knows so little how to treat my sex with the respect which is our due ? Had Mr. Glanville been present, and heard the terrible misfortunes which the prelaged from the few words he had jestingly spoke, he would certainly have made her quite furious, by the diverfion her mistake would have afforded him. But the more she reflected on his words, the more she was persuaded of the terrible purpose of them. Arabella had spent some hours, revolving a thousand different stratagems to escape from this misfortune ; when meeting with Glanville, he presented her his hand to lead her up stairs: which the fcornfully refusing ; sure, cousin, said he, a little piqued, you are not disposed to carry on your ill-natured jest any farther? If you imagined I jefted with you, faid Arabella, I am rather to accule the slowness of your understanding, for your perfilting in treating me thus freely, than the infolence I first imputed it to: but, whatever is the cause of it, I now tell you again, that you have extremely offended me. Since you would have me to believe you are serious, replied Glanville, be pleased to let me know what offence it is you complain of ; for I protest I am quite at a loss to understand you. Was it not enough, resumed Arabella, to affront me with an insolent declaration of your passion, but you must also, in contempt of my commands to the contrary, appear before me again, pursue me to my chamber, and use the most brutal menaces to me? Hold, pray, Madam, interrupted Glanville, and suffer me to ask you, If it is my prefumption, in declaring myself your admirer, that you are so extremely offended at? Doubtless it is, Sir,

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answered Arabella ; and such a presumption, as, without the aggravating circumstances you have fince added to it, is sufficient to make me always your enemy. I beg pardon, returned Mr. Glanville gravely, for that offence; and also, for staying any longer in a house, which you have, so genteelly, turned me out of. My pardon, Mr. Glanville, resumed the, is not so easily gained : time, and your repentance may, indeed, do much towards obtaining it. Saying this, she made a sign for him to retire ; for he had walked up with her to her chamber : but finding he did not obey her, (for really he was quite unacquainted with these sort of dumb commands), she hastily retired to her closet, left he should attempt to move her pity, by any expresfions of despair for the cruel banishment she had doomed him to,'

This may suffice to give the reader a tolerable idea of Arabella's romantic notions of gallantry; at leaft, so far as it regards the profound respect the expected to be treated with by her admirers. But this is not all: for, as Don Quixote every where found exploits worthy his knightly valour, fo Arabella is never at a loss for opportunities to difplay her truly heroic spirit, in the punishment of presumptuous lovers. Mr. Harvey, a gentleman whom she occafionally saw at church, is the first victim of her just refentment, on that account. Poor Edward, supposed to be a nobleman in disguise, tho', in truth, no more than a common labourer employed by her father's gardener, is the next who suffers for a crime he never imagined. We have already taken notice of her severity to Mr. Glanville, her true knight-errant, who, on every occasion, after recovering her favour, is doomed to fight her batt!cs, and pursue his numerous rivals to death.

We shall therefore only select two instances more for the amusement of our readers :' the one of the gay Sir George Bellmour, who, having discovered our heroine's foible, makes his addresses to her in a truly heroic stile ; and the other of the sage Mr. Selvin, a man of profound learning, who admires Arabella s wit and great reading: in both which, the character of our hervine, as well as that of her maid Lucy, will be displayed in their proper colours; for it must be observed, that, as Arabella corresponds to Don Quixotez fo Lucy's character is an imitation of that of the famous Sancho Pancha. To begin, then, with the adventure of Sir George Bellomour.

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Arabella being informed by Lucy, who was eager to let her know it, that a messenger had brought a letter from Sir George, and, late as it was at night, waited for an answer, debated with herself, whether she should open this billet, or not: she had a strong inclination to see what it contained ; but, fearful of transgressing the laws of romance, by indulging a curiosity not justifiable by example, the resolved to return the letter unopened. Here, said she to Lucy, give this letter to the messenger that brought it, and tell him, I was excessively offended at you, for receiving it from his hands. Lucy, taking the letter, was going to obey her orders; when, recollecting herself, the bid her stay. Since Sir George, said the to herself, is no declared lover of mine, I may, without any offence to decorum, see what this letter contains. To refuse receiving it, will be to acknowledge, that his sentiments are not unknown to me; and, by consequence, to lay myself under a neceffity of banishing him : nor is it fit, that I should allow him to believe, I am so ready to apprehend the meaning of every gallant speech, which is used to me, and to conftrue such infinu. ations, as he took the liberty to make me, into declarations of love. Allowing, therefore, the justice of these reasons, she took the letter out of Lucy's hand; and, being upon the point of opening it, a sudden thought controuled her defigns : she threw it suddenly upon her toilet; and, looking very earnestly upon it, Presumptuous paper, said she, speaking with great emotion to the letter ! bold repository of thy master's daring thoughts ! shall I not be blamed by all, who hereafter will hear, or read my history, if, contrary to the apprehenfions I have, that thou containest a confession that will displease me, I open thy seal, and become accessory to thy writer's guilt, by deigning to make myself acquainted with it? And thou, too indiscreet and unwary friend, whose folds contain the acknowlegement of his crime ! what will it advantage thee or him, if, torn by my resenting hand, I make thee fuffer, for the part thou beareft in thy master's fault; and teach him, by thy fate, how little kindness he has to expect from me? 'Yet, to spare myself the trouble of reading what will, questionless, greatly displease me, I will return thee, uninjured, into thy master's hands; and, by that moderation, make him repent the presumption he has been guilty of!

• Our fair heroine, having ended the foregoing soliloquy, took up the letter, and gave it to Lucy, who had, all the time she was speaking, observed a profound silence, mixed

with a most eager attention. Here, pursued the, carry it
to the person who brought it, and bid bim tell his master,
that, left I fhould find any thing in it which may offend
me, I have chosen not to read it: and, if he is wife, he
will profit by my concern for him, and take care how he
hazards displeasing me a second time, by an importunity
of this kind, which I shall not so easily pardon him. Lu-
cy, who had taken particular notice of this speech, in order
to remember every word of it when she repeated it again,
went conning her leflon to the place where the had detired
the servant to wait her coming : but, he was gone, such
being his master's orders; for he was apprehensive, that,
following the custom of ladies in romances, Arabella would
return his letter : and therefore, to deprive her of an op-
portunity of sending it back that night, he order'd his man
to say, he waited for an answer ; but, as soon as he con-
veniently could, to come away without one. Lucy, in a
great surprize at the servant's going away, return'd to her
Jady with the leiter in her hand, telling her, she must needs
read it now, fince the perfon, who brought it, was gone.
It must be conieiled, faid Arabella, taking the letter from
her with a smile, he has fallen upon an ingenious device,
to make me keep it for this night; and fince, haply, I may
be mistaken in the contents, I have a mind to open it.
Lucy did not fail to confirm her lady in this design: and
Arabella, making as if she yielded to the importunities of
her confidant, opened the letter; which was as follows:
The unfortunate and despairing Bellmour, to the divine

Arabella.
Madam,
Ince it is, doubtless, not only with your permission, but

even
Glanville comes to pronounce the sentence of my death, in
the denunciation of your anger, I submit, Madam, without
repining, at the rigour of that doom you have indicted on
me. Yes, Madam, this criminal, who has dared to adore
you, with the most fublime and perfect paffion that ever
was, acknowledges the justice of his punishment; and, fince
it is impossible to cease loving you, or to live without tel.
ling you he docs fo, he is going, voluntarily, to run upon
that death your severity makes him with for, and the great-
ness of his crime demands. Let my death then, O divine
Arabella, expiate che offence I have been guilty of! And
let me hope those fair eyes, that have beheld me with scorn
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