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characters which made him sometimes rise from lover of religion, he entertained an honest detestathe ground, when at church, in sight of all the tion for those who, under its mask, violated its congregation. The intendant having questioned tenets ; and he pillories a priest as readily and the accused on this subject, he was so disconcerted heartily as he does Mad Canillac, or Montvallat the that he nearly lost his senses ; he fell into a furi- extortioner, or any other of the profane and tyranous passion, and then entreated they would not nical gentry of Auvergne. And some very pretty press him further, that he was not disposed to tales he finds to tell about his brethren in black, acknowledge anything that day, but that on the conveying most unflattering ideas of their morality morrow he would confess all the irregularities of and Christian virtues. Amongst others, is that of his life. His prayer was granted, and M. de For- a certain curé of St. Babel, who was condemned tia gave him in charge to four of his people. I do to death for murder, upon very strong evidence not know if the devil had promised to rescue him a companion of the slain man having sworn posifrom the hands of a master of requests, or if, by tively to the murderer's identity, and there being his art, he bewitched his keepers ; but it is certain besides a mass of circumstantial evidence. When he made his escape to the woods and mountains, the curé had been hung his innocence was discovwhere they have now for three days pursued him. ered. He denied to the very last moment the Here is an instance how the devil is friendly and crime for which he suffered, avowing, however, of good faith with those who love him, and how that he was guilty of many others. And some of he deceives even intendants. I was very sorry to his offences, written down by Fléchier, deserve miss this opportunity of hearing news of the severe castigation, although the gallows was rather witches' sabbath, and of learning the secret of the too violent a penalty for them. He was partie characters ; perhaps some good angel, hostile to ularly blamed for his amors, and so indiscreet in his demon, will deliver him again into the hands the choice of time and place, that he was known to of justice.” This tone of mockery, when refer- make love to a servant maid whilst her mistress lay ring to a belief pretty universal in those days—the dying in an adjoining apartment, anxiously awaitbelief, namely, in witchcraft and sorcerers-con- ing the last sacrament. “He forgot where he trasts oddly enough with the strain of grave credu- was," says Fléchier, “ and love overcame duty. lity in which the same writer tells the touching Instead of hearing the confession of the one, he tale of a shepherd and shepherdess who gathered made a declaration to the other, and far from exflowers together in the meadows, held tender ren- horting the sick woman to a pious death, he solicited dezvous in a green alley formed by nature at the the healthy one to an evil life.” And then this anfoot of a rock, made reciprocal presents of fruits tithetical chronicler proceeds, rather unnecessarily, and flowers, and drank the water of the limpid to a verbatim report of the libertine cure's love fountain out of the hollow of each other's hands. speeches, adding, we suspect, some slight embelThis loving pair, the Corydon and Phillis of lishments of his own. The priest's profligacy was Auvergne, were ultimately united in the bonds of indirectly the cause of his death, for the murder wedlock, when, behold, a malicious farmer, two for which he undeservedly suffered was committed of whose ducks had been devoured by Phillis' on a peasant who had detected him in an intrigue, poodle, laid a spell upon them, greatly to the and fastened him into a barn with one of the ob hindrance of the connubial felicity they had 80 jects of his illicit flame. When, in a day or two fondly anticipated. The charm was dissolved by afterwards, the author of this practical joke was set the prayers and interposition of Mother Church ; upon and slain, suspicion naturally fell on him who and this little history, Fléchier admonishes us, had been its object, and he was arrested by the "" shows that we ought not to treat these enchant- lieutenant of the watch, who apparently anticipated ments as fables." Notwithstanding which injunc- an attempt at evasion, for “he insinuated himself tion we should think the abbé was indulging in a into his house under pretence of having masses said, bit of grave fun, dia he not quote Hincmar, arch- and conducted him very adroitly to Clermont." bishop of Rheims, and Virgil's Eclogues and other Upon the day of the man's condemnation or execuauthorities, in support of the authenticity of these tion, (it does not appear very clearly which of the two malevolent practices.
is meant,) a ray of sunshine again seduced Fléchier It could hardly have excited surprise, if, in a and his company out of town, and they made an exnarrative of criminal assizes written by a church- pedition to the country-house called Oradoux, then man, the misdeeds of the priests had been softened and still the property of the family of Champflour. down, lightly passed over, or even entirely sup- The grounds were rendered very agreeable to the pressed. The least jesuitical of abbés might have party by a multitude of purling streams, whose reconciled such a course to his conscience by the waters were applied to varions fantastical purposes, argument that, although the crimes of the individ-making pleasant figures," as Fléchier informs us. uals merited infamous publicity, the interests of “One finds basins supplied by a thousand streams, religion and of the ecclesiastic body would suffer floating islands forming small apartments, where all by their revelation. No such plausible plea is set manner of parties of pleasure take place ; an aviary up by Fléchier, either mentally or openly. He is enclosing cascades, a grotto whence the water flows unsparing in his censure of the laxity of the clergy, on all sides by a hundred little leaden tubes, and a and records their derelictions as freely and unre- Diana in a niche who throws up streamlets of waservedly as those of the lay population. A sincere ter, and is completely covered by a liquid veil fall
321 ing unceasingly and always preserving its form."prevented bloodshed and sacrilege by swearing that Whilst perambulating these aqueous parterres, the if they made a movement, he would run his sword abbé fell in with a canon, seemingly a worthy through the viscount's body. The bishop's firmand sensible man, who had sought that retirement ness, although it had a degree of violence less bewith a view to serious meditation. Unrestrained coming in a church dignitary than in a temporal by this latter consideration, Fléchier, having formed warrior, is approved by Fléchier as an episcopal at first sight so good an opinion of the stranger's virtue. The faults he finds with the diocesan of worth and wisdom, courteously addressed him. “I Clermont are of a different stamp. He deplores saluted him as civilly as I could, accosting him with his weaknesses, as tending, by example, to the ena smiling air, in which was mingled, however, a couragement of immorality, and to the disrepute little of my habitual gravity.” The canon took of the church. "All the balls were held at his the interruption kindly, and the pair walked and house, which, instead of an abode of prayer and talked together. Their dialogue is given at length penitence, was one of festival and rejoicing; and in the Mémoires, indebted, no doubt, to Fléchier's he appeared there not as a bishop instructing his nimble pen for many flowers of style, and, perhaps, flock, but as a gentleman in a violet coat, saying for much of the subject matter. The church of soft things to the ladies. His manner of saluting Clermont was the subject of discourse, and from these was other than paternal; and, passing his the church a transition to the bishops was very hands over their faces, he would form an exact eseasy. Various saints, and more than one sinner, timate of their appearance, never deceiving himself had ruled the diocese of Clermont; and in the lat- as to their beauty, blind though he was; having ter class was reckoned a certain Joachim d'Estaing, his discernment in his hands as others have in their who had worn the mitre for the first six and thirty eyes, and, like a good shepherd, knowing all his years of the seventeenth century. He was stone sheep.” These facial manipulations were of small blind, but the infirmity affected him little. When impropriety compared to other particulars of the overtaken by it (at an early age) he took for his bishop's conduct and discourse. Under such a motto, Charitate et fide, non oculis, Christi diri- prelate the conduct of the clergy was not likely to guntur oves. Charitable he was, faith he may be very exemplary, and accordingly we read that have had, his cecity was perhaps no absolute im- canons were seen habitually dressed in colored pediment to the discharge of his pastoral duties; clothes, throwing aside their ecclesiastical garb but neither charity, faith, nor blindness, sufficed to when service was over, and appearing covered with restrain him within the limits of ecclesiastical de- gay ribbons. They left the altar to run to the playcorum. Such a rattling, love-making, rollicking house, escorting ladies thither, and making a scanboy of a bishop had seldom been heard of. His dalous mixture of worldly vanity and external piety. principal occupations were making war with his The parish priests were no better ; and we are chapter and pleading against his canons. These told of one so fond of the chase that he passed all maintained their privileges with much vigor and his time in it, to the neglect of his parochial dusuccess. So that when he was on the point of ties. To such an extent did he carry his passion death, some one having exhorted him to do good for field sports, that, when conveying the conseto a chapter whose tranquillity he had so long crated wafer to a distant farm, he was known to troubled :-“I have done them more good than all make his clerk carry his fowling-piece, so that he my predecessors,” was his sharp and prompt reply, might have a shot at any game he met upon the "since in pleading against them, I have estab- road; which piece of profanity elicits from the lished their privileges upon an immovable basis.” worthy Fléchier an angry and indignant ejaculation. When overtaken by blindness, he had assigned to It is not surprising that, under the lax rule of Monhim, as an episcopal aide-de-camp, André de Sau- seigneur Joachim, the clerical profession was in sia, Bishop of Bethlehem, who, proceeding to per- favor with the idle and dissolute. During his time form some particular duties in the church of Cler- a vast number of religious fraternities sprang up in mont, the canons shut the door against him, the diocese ; no less than eight convents and monpretending that only the Bishop of Clermont had asteries being established in the town of Clermont. that privilege. Thereupon M. L'Estaing, having An ordinance, published in 1651, by Jacques Peobtained the sanction of the temporal authorities, reyret, canon of the cathedral church, is directed burst open the doors with battering-rams, “not at ecclesiastics who "frequent public games, unlike those formerly used by the Romans.” On taverns, and gambling tables ; buying and selling another occasion, the Viscount de Polignac, gov- at fairs and markets ; having commerce with perernor of the province, having had a praying-desk sons of profligate life, and abandoning themselves (prie-Dieu) placed for him in the nave of the church, to all manner of vices and excesses," &c. &c. without regard to a previous warning that the king This state of things, however, was not limited to alone had that right, the blind bishop had sufficient the diocese of Clermont, but was at that time only courage and decision to expel him the sacred ed- too general in France. The following is curious, ifice. Fléchier does not give the details of this on account both of the state of things it exhibits, scandalous scene, but they are to be found in con- and of the cavalier manner in which Fléchier refers temporary authors. The bishop, it appears, used to his holiness the pope. “So great were the force to expel M. de Polignac, who ordered his irregularities of the clergy of Clermont, that there guards to fire, when one of the bishop's gentlemen exists a papal bull exempting the canons and the
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children they might have had, by any crime what-she loved with great fidelity. And after her marever, from the bishop's jurisdiction. This bull riage, one of her former suitors risking a daring appeared to us of an extraordinary form, and we attempt upon her virtue, she mustered the courage admired the effrontery of the court of Rome and of of Lucretia, to protect herself from the evil designs the canons of that day.”
of a modern Tarquin. Finding tears and entreaWe find several ladies, amongst them some of ties unavailing, and as the sole means of preservhigh family and name, appearing as plaintiffs or ing her honor, she seized a halbert that stood in a defendants, before the tribunal of the Grands-Jours. corner of the chamber, and inflicted a deadly The commencement of the third month's sitting wound on her insolent pursuer. “She pierced,” was signalized by an audience that everybody says Fléchier, in his flowery style, and not in the found very diverting, because there was pleaded very best taste, “ the wretch's heart that burned the cause of the Countess of Saigne against her for her ; two or three ardent sighs escaped it, and husband, on a pleasant difference they had togeth- he expired.” The testimony of the neighbors,
The old count had committed the common whom she called in, and her reputation for virtue, blunder of marrying a young and pretty wife, who absolved her in the eyes of her judges. But when became desirous of a separation, and brought a the Grands-Jours came, the relatives of the devariety of scandalous charges against him. She ceased revived the case ; and that tribunal-upon had the sympathy and support of many of her own what grounds it is difficult to say-condemned the sex, and especially of the grisettes, whom the rev. woman and her family to a heavy fine. There erend Fléchier gravely defines as young bour- seems to have been scanty justice. At the presgeoises, having rather a bold style of gallantry, ent day in France, the verdict of justifiable homiand priding themselves on much liberty.” Finally, cide does not preclude a civil action for damages ; the count and countess made up their quarrel. but these would now hardly be granted by any The affair of Madame de Vieuxpont, a Norman French court in such a case as the above. The lady, was of a more serious nature. She was ar- justice of the Grands-Jours was evidently of a very raigned for conspiracy against the procureur du loose description. They had not to dread the revisRoi at Evreux, against whom she conceived so ion of a higher court, or the lash of a newspaper violent an animosity, that she resolved to ruin him satire; the king would not trouble himself much at any price, and to that end associated herself about them, so long as they duly scourged the with an intendant of woods and forests, a serjeant, tyrannical counts and barons who impoverished and three or four other persons. Her plot being the country and caused discontent amongst the ripe, she accused the obnoxious magistrate of con- peasantry; and thus, unfettered by any of the spiracy against the state, of having called the king usual checks, the bench of gentlemen in square a tyrant, and of a design to establish in France a caps, loose cloaks, flowing curls, and delicate republic after the model of Venice. The unfor- moustaches, represented in the frontispiece to M. tunate functionary was arrested and sent to Paris, Gonod's publication, certainly did render some where he died before his trial was at an end, and very inexplicable, and, as it appears from Flénarrowly escaped posthumous condemnation. At chier's chronicle, very iniquitous judgments. last his memory was cleared by a decision of the Whilst they blundered and mismanaged in their Chamber of Justice, and his perjured accusers were department, an elderly lady of great enterprise and brought before the Grands-Jours. M. Talon, the activity made herself exceedingly busy in hers. public prosecutor, pressed for the perpetual ban. It was a jurisdiction she had created for herself, ishment of Madame de Vieuxpont and the confis- without the least shadow of a right, and it is cation of all her property. She was even in fear inconceivable how she was allowed to exercise, of capital punishment, and her countenance bright- even for a day, her self-conferred authority. Madened greatly when the decision of the court, con- ame Talon, the respectable mother of the advocatedemning her to three years' exile, and a fine of general, had no sooner arrived at Clermont, than two thousand livres, was intimated to her. She she undertook the whole police regulation of the was a lady of violent character, and had lived on town, imposing taxes, correcting weights and measvery bad terms with her husband, in whose death ures, fixing a tariff of prices, and lecturing the some hinted her agency ; but this, Fléchier chari- Clermont ladies as to the mode of distributing tably remarks, was perhaps a mere calumny, in their alms. At last the housewives of Auvergne vented in retaliation of those wherewith she had would stand this no longer, and then she turned assailed other persons. It is distinctly stated, her attention to monastic abuses, and hospital reghowever, that she went so far as to challenge her ulations. She was evidently an officious nuisance; husband to fight a duel ; and when he declined a and although Fléchier supports her, it is after a combat in all respects so singular, her mother feeble manner, his faint praise strongly resembling wounded him with a pistol-shot—an advertisement, condemnation. “When people do good,” he the abbé quietly remarks, never to fall out with says, “it is impossible to keep the world from one's mother-in-law. Then we have the story of murmuring. Some say she would do better to a handsome village maiden, who might have pleased alter her head-dress, which is a very extraordinary the most fastidious courtiers as well as the bump- one; others have remarked, that she wears a kins of Mirefleurs. She was besieged by admir- spreading cap, bearing a resemblance to a mitre, ers, from amongst whom she selected one whom I which is the livery of her mission and the character of her authority. Others complain, that she joying the winter sunbeams. As at Riom, he spoils everything instead of doing good, prevents always manages to pick up some anonyinous but charities by her rigorous examination of charitable intelligent acquaintance, to enlighten him concernladies, destroys the hospital by endeavoring to reg. ing the gossip of the country, and to father those ulate it, because she sends away those who, to her sallies and innuendoes of which he himself is unwilthinking, are not ill enough, leaving it empty, &c., ling to assume the responsibility. His account of &c. And it is said, she ought not to meddle so a visit to the Dominican convent is full of quiet much, examining everything, even to a prison allow- satire. He was accompanied by his friend, Mon ance and an executioner's wages; but,” concludes sieur de B- “ a sensible man, well acquainted the sly abbé—who doubtless concealed a little with the belles lettres, and of very agreeable consolemn irony under this long recapitulation of versation.” M. de B- is made the scapegoat charges and brief acquittal of the accused—“vir- for the sly hits at the abuses of the church, and at tue is generous and puts itself above all such mur- the pictures and records of miracles to which they murs."
are introduced by a simple and garrulous monk. Amidst the bustle of judicial proceedings, whilst There were few founders of religious orders, they each day some sanguinary drama was recapitulated were informed, of such good family as St. Dombefore the court, whilst sentences, often of savage inick, who was a grandee of Spain, and conseseverity, were recorded, and executions, for the quently far superior to St. Ignatius, whose nobilmost part in effigy, were of daily occurrence, time ity the Jesuits vaunted, and who, after all, was was still found for gayety and amusement. Balls but a mere gentleman. There were, of course, and assemblies went on, encouraged by the Pres- many pictures of the grandee upon the church and ident de Novion, in order to do pleasure to his cloister walls, representing him engaged in various daughters; and all the ladies of quality in the pious acts. “In one of them he was depicted province, as well as those gentlemen who had presenting a request to the pope, surrounded by managed to compound their offences, having estab his cardinals, while on the same canvass was seen lished themselves for the time at Clermont, there the horse of Troy, dragged by Priam and by the was no lack of dancers. And the grave members gentlemen and ladies of the town, with all the cirof the tribunal did not disdain to mingle in these cumstances related by Virgil in the second book of terpsichorean gambols. But somehow or other the Æneid.” Fléchier was considerably puzzled there was always disorder at the assemblies. De- by this mixture of sacred and profane personages ; cidedly the demon of discord was abroad in Au- but his guide explained its singularity by assigning vergne. “Sometimes the ladies quarrelled, men the picture to a pious and learned monk, as well aced each other, after the manner of provincial read in Virgil and Homer as in his breviary, who dames, with what little credit they chanced to made a good use of his reading, and was particupossess, and were on the point of seizing each larly happy in employing it to the glorification of other by the hair and fighting with their muffs. God and the saints. Another picture represented This disturbed the company, but they managed to a Dominican holding a pair of scales, in one of appease the disputants; and a few more bourrées which was a basket full of fruit, and in the other and goignades were danced.” The bourrée d'Au- an empty basket, with the inscription, Retribuat tibi vergne, now confined to peasants and water-carri- Deus. The promissory note of the Jacobins was ers, was at that time a favorite and fashionable so heavy that it outweighed the laden basket. dance. “ There are very pretty women here,” The guide would have expatiated on the beauty of says Madame de Sevigné, writing from Vichy, this allegory, suggested, as he maintained, by a the 26th May, 1676. “ Yesterday, they danced miracle actually wrought in favor of his order, but the bourrées of the country, which are truly the Fléchier cut him short in his homily, and passed prettiest in the world. They give themselves a on to the next painting, the representation of one great deal of movement, and dégogne themselves of those“ piously impious" legends, as M. Gonod exceedingly. But if at Versailles these dancers justly styles them, so often met with in monkish were introduced at masquerades, people would be chronicles. This one, in which the Saviour of delighted by the novelty, for they even surpass the mankind is represented as supping with and conBohemiennes.” Fléchier was scandalized by this verting a beautiful Roman courtesan, shocked the peculiar movement or dégognement, esteemed so religious feelings of the Abbé Fléchier in the year captivating by the marchioness. He makes no 1666, although in the year 1832, it was not deemed doubt that these dancers are worthy successors of too irreverent for reproduction in a work entitled "the Bacchantes of whom so much is spoken in “ Pouvoir de Marie,” written by the notorious the books of the ancients. The Bishop of Aleth Liguori, and published at Clermont Ferrand, by excommunicates in his diocese those who dance in the Catholic Society for pious books. “I could that fashion. Nevertheless, the practice is so not help telling him," says Fléchier, " that I had common in Auvergne, that children learn at one seen pictures more devout and touching than this time to walk and to dance."
one; that these disguises of Jesus Christ as a galDid space permit, we would gladly accompany lant, were rather extraordinary; that there are so the abbé on other of the excursions in the environs many other stories more edifying, and perhaps, of Clermont, for which he continually finds excuse truer.
Here the monk interrupted in the necessity either of escorting ladies or of en- the abbé, and was about to repeat a whole volume
of miracles, compiled by one of the brotherhood, and brutality as well as vice on the part of the when the vesper bell summoned him to prayer, to higher orders of the province, who appear to have the great relief of Fléchier, who manifestly disap- been deficient in the military virtues and redeemproved as much the profane travesty of holy things, ing qualities sometimes found in outlawed and des as the lying miracles by which the Dominicans perate banditti. We should have had less gratifistrove to attract into their begging-box and larder cation in dwelling upon the crimes and excesses the contributions of the credulously charitable. narrated in the Mémoires, than we have derived
We perhaps risk censure by terminating this from the consideration of their lighter passages, paper without a more minute consideration of the and of the occasional eccentricities and many adGrands-Jours themselves, the ostensible subject of mirable qualities of their estimable and reverend Fléchier's book, and without examining in greater author. detail the nature of the crimes and characters of the culprits brought before the arbitrary tribunal. Jane Eyre—an Autobiography. Edited by Currer Although we have shown that a large portion of Bell. New York : Harper & Brothers. Bosthe Mémoires consists of matters wholly uncon
ton : Redding & Co. nected with the proceedings of the court, it must An impassioned temperament, a quick and sound not be thence inferred that the abbé neglects his intellect, extraordinary strength of nerve, and an reporting duties, and does not frequently apply the leading characteristics of the heroine of this
almost complete and constant presence of mind, are himself to give long and elaborate accounts of the novel. She is zealous and fanciful, yet cool and trials, especially of the criminal ones. Many of prudent, impulsive, yet deliberate, foreseeing, yet these are sufficiently remarkable to merit a place not calculating. She is moulded from a heap of in the pages of the Causes Célébres. Some have opposites, but her composition being once admiited, actually found their way thither. In Fléchier's she is consistent in every act and thought. The narrative their interest is often obscured and di- hero is also another bunch of incongruities, beitig minished by wordiness and digression ; and per- everything by turns, but nothing long, until he sons interested in the civil or criminal jurisprudence The incidents of the lunatic and the attempled de
comes out at the end a most excellent Christian. of the period will surely quarrel with the divine, ception of Jane are improbable, while the iniellectual who is a poor lawyer, apt to shirk legal points, or, hearing of voices a hundred miles off is extravagant when he endeayors to unravel them, to make con- if not absurd. More than these the book abounds in fusion worse confounded. The state of society in twaddling dialogue, and the love-discourses of both Auvergne, in the seventeenth century, is exhibited hero and heroine are, for the most part, clumsy and in a most unfavorable light. We find a brutal silly, But, nevertheless, the book will be read.
The leading characters are vividly drawn, after their and unchivalrous nobility, deficient in every prin- kind, and ihe novel contains a deal of strong, honciple of honor, and even of common honesty, un-est writing. One cannot readily leave it, after feeling to their dependents, discourteous to ladies, beginning with the charity school at Brocklehurst, perfidious to each other. Here we behold a no- Miss Temple, and Helen Burns. To be sure, bleman of an ancient name offering his adversary
Jane Eyre” tells too good a story of herself, but, in a duel the choice of two pistols, from one of admitting the truth of her tale, she seems io stard
before us as an old friend. “Rochester" is also which he has drawn the ball, with a resolution to take his advantage if the loaded weapon is left a much worse book. The author ought 10 wriie a
given well, and these two are sufficient to redeem him, and to find a pretext for discharging and re- first-rate novel, for he or she (perhaps) is gifted loading the other, should it fall to his share. He with passion, power, will, and fluency of language, gets the loaded pistol, and shoots his man. A but from the present specimen it would seem as if gentleman of rank and quality enforces the droit her forte lay in throwing one strong and intense de nôces, formerly known in Auvergne by a less de- light from one side of her lantern, leaving all sercent name- --but language, as Fléchier says, purifies rounding objects in comparative darkness. --Boston
Post itself even in the most barbarous countries. And certainly there was much of the barbarian in the
From the Olive Branch. Auvergnat, even so late as 1666. The odious
THE OLD CROW. exaction referred to was compounded by payment On the limb of an oak sat a jolly old crow, of heavy tribute, often amounting to half the And chatted away with glee—with glee; bride's dowry. The Baron d'Espinchal was
As he saw the old farmer go out to sow; another brilliant specimen of the aristocracy of
And he cried—“ It is all for me-for me! Auvergne. After committing a series of crimes “Look, look, how he scatters his seed around, we have no inclination to detail, he pursued his
He is wonderful kind to the poor—the poor; wife (a daughter of the Marquis of Châteaumo
If he'd empty it down in a pile on the ground,
I could find it much better I'm sure—I'm sure. rand) with gross insult, even in her convent-sanctuary at Clermont. The unfortunate lady had
“I've learned all the tricks of this wonderful man, contracted such a habit of fear, that she could not
Who has such a regard for the crow—the crou,
That he lays out his grounds in a regular plan, be in his presence without trembling; and on his
And covers his corn in a row-a row. putting his hand to his pocket to take out his
“ He must have a very great fancy for me, watch, while separated from her by the grating of
He tries to entrap me enough-enough; the convent parlor, she thought he was about to
But I measure the distance as well as he, draw a pistol, and fell fainting from her chair. And when he comes near me I'm off-I'm Numerous traits of this description prove baseness off!"
J, G. W.