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"afk. I know that you and Mr. Evans object to the introducing this dear "girl to fcenes above her fortune; I "know too that you are tenacious of "her valuable fociety; yet remember "our early endearments, and spare her to me as foon as the engagements into "which I am now thrown will permit "me to claim her." Mrs. Evans, with a dejected look, anfwered that her father fhould decide.

Lady Monteith felt the fignificance of this anfwer, and expreffed a fenfe of it by dropping a tear upon Mrs. Evans's hand, which he at that moment preffed to her lips. "Dear, amiable, ficond "daughter," fid the good woman, "my "anxious wishes, my fondeft affections, "follow you into that thorny and in

tricate path which you are now going "to tread. I understand enough of "the great world to know that a cha "racter

"racter like yours must attract obfer"vation, illiberality, and envy. Your "defire to pleafe will be called vanity; "your fprightlinefs, levity; your fine accomplishments, an invidious affect"ation of fuperiority. Through this dangerous trial, remember, innocence "alone will not fupport you, and fen

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fibility will betray you. Keep in "mind my oft-repeated maxims, that "no human character can be perfect, " and that it is dangerous to our peace "to contemplate with too fteady an eye "the failings of thofe with whom we are "intimately connected."

"I will remember all you fay to me, " and all I have faid to you," refumed the amiable bride. "I will frankly

own, that my inexperienced heart "flutters at the idea of the pleasures "and the diftinctions which await me. I "fhall have many trials, perhaps many

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"enemies; but where fhall I find friends " to whom I may fo fafely difclofe all "my heart, as I do to my dear Mrs. "Evans, and to my Lucy?"

"Make your hufband your friend; "endeavour to gain his confidence, and « beware of forming dangerous intima«cies, unfanctioned by experience, "which may tend to leffen your attach"ment to him. Strive to exalt the pre"ference your charms have excited "into firm efteem; and if you should "not at first fucceed, or not so com"pletely as you wifh, do not fink into "dejection. Remember, time will "overcome every difficulty, and pa"tience will foften every forrow."

Mifs Evans, who had left the room during the preceding speech, now haftily re-entered. "I have brought you," faid fhe," my ever dear Geraldine, one other "little keep-fake.”

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opening the paper, found a purfe, which the remembered her friend had been anxious to finish with the most perfect neatness.

"I cannot take it," replied the countess ; "I know that when you "netted it, you faid you meant it for "Henry Powerscourt."

"He wants none of my purfes; you fhall have it, for you will value it "moft."

"But if you have promifed it, my " love," observed Mrs. Evans.

"No-he never knew my intention, " and never shall."

"He is infinitely more careful of his. "valuables than I am," refumed the countefs, mingling a fimile with her tears; "You have given me fo many nice

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things already, and I am such a ran"dom creature-if I fhould lofe it"

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"Though you are going to be very "happy, I am certain you would not "lose my present without fincere pain. "You will never forget me, Geraldine; you will often write to me; and if I "fhould not be punctual in my replies, "you will never call it neglect." The friends wept a moment in each other's arms; lady Monteith's eyes asked her Lucy to accompany her part of the way to the manor-houfe; but as the latter made no offer of that kind, she forbore to name her requeft. Once more fhe repeated her affurances of inviolable regard, and they parted.

I have gratified my own tafte by entering into a diffufe defcription of this interview. Perhaps it was in no way more extraordinary than common life often affords. They who, difdaining the fofter touches of the mental pencil, only enjoy the bold

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