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insufficient when a young woman is herself imprudent. And how can prudence be reasonably expected, when the principles are left unguarded ? Nevertheless, in this most dangerous situation Emily was preserved, but not by the cautions of man. He that had loved her from the beginning loved her still—she was his adopted one; and who shall pluck his adopted ones from the hand of the Almighty?"
At this period of her utmost danger, her heavenly Father was her protector, his care was exercised over her, and none were suffered to hurt her; for, though she fell into many errors, though she spent her whole time in folly, she was not permitted to fall into any snare by which her character could be implicated, or her honour diminished.
Major Muller had not continued many weeks at Cologne, when news arrived from Switzerland, importing that his elder brother, with whom he was on very bad terms, was dead; and that, as this brother had never married, the whole of his considerable property had devolved on himself. The major was wonderfully elated at this news, and immediately made preparations for his return to his native country.
Emily had always fancied that it was possible her brother might have taken refuge in Switzerland among his mother's relations; she was, therefore, no less pleased than her father at this event, which called her to Geneva; and she made preparations for leaving her gloomy abode at Cologne with no small alacrity.
She now remembered with delight the wild tales with which her brother had so often amused her respecting his native country; and her imagination being raised by her late romantic kind of reading, she pictured to herself, in a lively manner, the snowy mountains, the dashing waterfalls, the demolished castles, the thatched cottages, and alpine pastures.
And now I wish it were in my power to make you, my readers, the companions of Emily amid those regions of wonders and native beauties through which she passed in their way to Geneva. But, O, how impossible is it, by the medium of words, to give any adequate ideas of the grandeur of the Rhine, where castles frown on woody promontories, and the valleys bloom with fruit and flowers in
abundance, almost as fair as those which graced the bowers of Eden! or to represent the deep and sombre forests of the Schwartzwald ! or the bold and magnificent heights of the Hauenstein, through which the traveller passes into Switzerland! But we have many and even superior scenes to describe, during the course of our narrative; and we would rather linger where our Emily may be resident, than dwell longer in regions where she was only a passenger.
It was on the day following that on which the travellers had entered Switzerland by the pass of the Hauenstein, that Emily first obtained a view of the snowy mountains. The carriages had just emerged from a wood in the neighbourhood of the valley of Soleure, when they were pointed out to her by her father. It was a cloudless morning, though somewhat hazy: there were near the horizon high blue hills, such as would have been called mountains in any other part of Europe. Being directed to look above these, her eye rested on a white spot in the region of the clouds. This spot was more bright than the cloud, when the sun shines upon it, and it was soon apparent that it was the summit of a mountain; and, as she gazed, more of the dazzling summits of other hills became visible; till at length, as the morning mist dispersed, the travellers were able to discover such a range of peaks, cones, and high hills, as Emily had never before beheld. They appeared elevated into a more lofty region than that which is occupied by mortal man; as the creations of another world; possessing a dazzling white and ethereal splendour which impress the mind with an idea of something more than earthly; and disclosing objects of immeasurable height and unattainable distance. No person acquainted with the influence of religion can, I am persuaded, look at these glories of creation without a renewal of pious emotions. And thus it was with Emily; she remembered several occasions in which the venerable father of Charles Harrington had caused her by similitudes to trace the glories of the heavenly Jerusalem; by similitudes taken from the scenery
of mountainous regions; and, by a natural association, these lessons of early youth soon returned to her mind, and she almost fancied she now beheld the outworks of a celestial world, and the portals, as it were, of heaven.“ Heaven!” she repeated to herself; “ Mount Zion-the
abode of those blessed spirits who have been saved by Christ and received into glory! But what have I to do with these? Or where is the peace I once enjoyed ? where is the happiness of my early days? Why have I thrown away my confidence in God. As I never can attain those glorious heights before me, so must I ever be banished from the everlasting hills ! O, my beloved and venerable friends, would to God that I had been laid in the grave which contains your precious remains !"
Emily was brought to tears by these reflections, but not being willing that her father should notice these tears, she wiped them hastily away; and the mountains by this time being concealed from her view by the trees of a forest into which the carriage had just entered, she endeavoured to chase away her unpleasant feelings by returning to the perusal of one of her favourite authors. A
very few days after Emily had first seen the snowy mountains, her journey was concluded by the arrival of the family at Geneva. There Major Muller entered into the possession of a handsome inheritance; but, finding occasion to disagree with most of his old friends and con. nexions, he neither enjoyed their society himself, nor would allow Emily to do so. He, indeed, fixed himself with a suitable establishment in a handsome house; but, so far from seeming to be the more happy from his addition of fortune, he was evidently the more miserable; for his pride rising more rapidly than his fortune, his wants and wishes were as incapable of being satisfied as when his fortune was at its lowest ebb. Emily had also experienced a severe disappointment in not hearing any thing of her brother; and having few female acquaintances, and not one friend, Geneva appeared as dull and uninteresting to her as her residence in Germany had formerly done.
Major Muller always possessed a particular facility in connecting himself with the most worthless characters in every place. There is a kind of language, a peculiar sneer, a ready method of throwing contempt in a few words on religion and the existing government, by which persons of bad principle instantly understand each other; and the major had been but a few days in his native city before he was the acknowledged brother and confederate of the disciples of the philosopher of Ferney, and in a very short
time many of these found their way to his house and to his table.
Emily was at this time not sixteen; and, as her father did not think it necessary to exclude her from society so entirely as at Cologne, her situation might have proved more dangerous than it was in that place, had not Providence interposed in her behalf, and secured her happiness, though in a way which could not be foreseen.
The major had not enjoyed the society of his new connexions many weeks, before a dispute arose between him and a young gentleman, a relation of his first wife, upon the subject of his conduct towards his son, which was understood to have been very culpable. The major answered with much warmth; on which the young man used very harsh and ungentlemanly expressions. Very high words passed on both sides ; when the major forgot his character as a man of honour, and gave such provocation, that it was thought necessary, by all present, that the matter should be settled by a duel. A challenge therefore was sent to the major, who behaved at this crisis in such a way, that, when he next appeared in public, he was treated with marked contempt The particulars of his behaviour have not reached me; and, had they done so, I perhaps should have been as much at a loss to understand why this unprincipled man, who had lived in open contempt of his Almighty Ruler, and all subordinate authorily, and who had proved himself a despiser of all morality and religion, was to be scouted for some little point of etiquette in the court of honour, as I now am by being unacquainted with the particulars of the case. But, be this as it may, the major was unable to endure this kind of obloquy thus thrown upon him by his fellow-creatures, yet ashamed to own that he felt it; he pretended, therefore, that he was weary of living in the town, which he called dull and uninteresting to the last degree, and took the sudden resolution of removing to a beautiful country-house which he possessed in the neighbourhood of the Dole.
The Dole is the loftiest summit of the Jura, and lifts its craggy summits to the south-east extremity of that part of the chain of mountains which belong to Switzerland. It is situated in the canton of Vaud, upon the frontier of France, and is 5474 feet above the sea, and near four
thousand feet above the Lake of Geneva. The beautiful plants which it produces, its noble forests of pine and other trees, and the magnificent views which it commands, have rendered it deservedly celebrated. Mont Blanc is seen from hence in its greatest splendour; and from hence the eye may embrace, at once, the whole chain of the Alps, from Mont St. Gothard as far as the mountains of Dauphiny.
The little domain, with its chateau, inherited by Major Muller on this beautiful mountain, was neither so high as to be exposed to violent winds, nor so low as to lose much of the charming prospect visible from the higher points of the hill. The house was built of stone, and stood on an extensive lawn, variegated with clusters of trees; amidst which, the observant traveller could not fail of remarking the chesnut, the sycamore, the silver birch, the tulip tree, the laburnum, with its pendant wreaths of vegetable gold, the dark crimson shrub-rose, the beech, and the oak.From an open portico in the front of the house, and from a balcony above the portico, the eye was able to command a view of the lake, spreading its glassy bosom beneath rocky hills, which appeared in some places to rise directly from the water. Beyond these mountains, and towering above the clouds into the region of ether, not unfrequently appeared the snowy summits of Mont Blanc. pearance of this mountain, seen from this direction, is almost pyramidical; and it is elevated nearly eight thousand feet above the level of perpetual snow; thus presenting to the eye such a pyramid-so vast, so luminous, and so magnificent—as we should scarcely find in any other region of the world; unless we were to visit the snowy Andes, or take our station in the plain beneath the Indian Caucasus.
Such were the objects which presented themselves in the front of the chateau; while immediately behind it was an immense forest of pine, in an opening of which, formed by certain rugged and barren rocks, appeared a mountain torrent; dashing and foaming over its stony bed, till turning a little aside, it fell into a deep ravine on the northern side of the house.
The house itself is not very large, but well suited for the residence of a gentleman. It consisted of one large hall, encircled by a corridor, into which the doors of the