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ther faw that lord Monteith beheld his Geraldine with nearly the fame idolizing preference as he did himself, he forgot that he was a peer, and he almost became a convert to the opinion, that a love-match was well enough now and then.
Befide the claufe already mentioned, the deed of fettlement contained another of a very extraordinary nature. It was, that on lady Monteith's fucceeding to her inheritance, two thoufand pounds a-year fhould be folely appropriated to her, that is to fay, not merely the income, but the abfolute power of giving or bequeathing it to whomfoever the chofe. Lord Monteith's lawyer stated this demand to be extremely adverse to the interefts of his noble client, whose whole fortune was entailed upon the iffue of this marriage; and even fir William thought that his dear girl was a little
a little unaccountable, in asking for a power injurious to the interefts of her own children. The lady, however, perfifted in the requeft, which was indeed the only one fhe urged; and the matter being referred to lord Monteith, he, with lover-like complacency, infifted that all oppofition on the part of his counsel should be immediately withdrawn.
It was alfo ftipulated, that fir William fhould be gratified with the company of his daughter and fon-in-law for three months every year at Powerfcourt. The good baronet, on propofing this condition, explained the motives to lord Monteith: "I do not
doubt, my lord, but that as you will "foon have a pretty large concern in "these parts, you will be anxious to get acquainted with the neighbourhood, and to know the characters of
your dependants. I am now, my "lord, very old, and every thing must "foon be yours and Geraldine's. It gives me pleasure to think that I fhall "leave you a fet of upright worthy te< nants; and I truft you will act a fa"ther's part by them, as I and my an"ceftors always have done. I will in"troduce them all to you before you "leave us. Poor fouls! they have been "used to have their landlords live "among them on free and fociable "terms, and it will grieve them not "to fee the chimnies of Powerscourt "fmoke as they used to do. However, " I shall not expect that your lordship "can live here more than four months " in the year when it comes to be your "own; I know you have a feat in Par<liament, and when very particular "business is going on, you must cer"tainly be in London; for the affairs of
"the nation are of more confequence "than the interefts of fifty or fixty "country yeomen. You have a very "fine caftle too of your own near Loch "Lomond, falling quite to decay, I "hear, your ancestors having neglected " it for several years. That is a fad pity, "I think: doubtlefs, my lord, you will "wish to go down there and fit it up
again. Geraldine will be very happy "to affift you in beautifying it, and "making it a comfortable refidence."
It will not be very furprising that fome local reflections fhould induce fir William to lay a particular stress on the word comfortable. Lord Monteith, ftarting from a reverie, exclaimed, "O, un
doubtedly!" Sir William, who difcovered that he had been totally abfent during his whole harangue, perceiving the object which had fixed his attention,
fmiled, and forgave him. Nor will my readers be inexorable, when I tell them that the object was the beautiful Geraldine, who, with her "loofe hair floating in the wind," unconscious that she attracted any obfervations, swept the foft ftrings of her harp in a neighbouring alcove, and chaunted, with her melodious voice, the following air:
Come, Cupid, with ambrofial flowers,
Here let the purple am'ranth bloom,
O! hafte, each claffic fymbol choose,
Of elegance and tafte;
With these thy Mother's myrtle bind,
With gifts perennial grac’d!