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Romance of the Pyrenees. By a La dy (Continued from page 17.) CHAP. LVIII. .
WHILE all this important bufifiefs was tranfacting, the duca di Manfredonia, with conte Elfridi, eturned from Tufcany. They had learned by the ducheffa's letters a full account of the fafcinating fugitives, and came back to Naples on the wings of impatience to behold them. Her exertions for perfonal fafety had for a while fufpended the grief of Viola, but not fubdued it; and the moment the gained a place of refuge the funk under the weight of her forrows, which feemed to prefs more heavily upon her heart from the fhort refpite the had from them; and for feveral weeks after the reached Naples fire was too ill to leave her
converfation, given in words of fimple eloquence, fpoken
Clementina felt feverely the loffes the lind fo recently fuftained: but the Bad not now the death of both her parents to deplore, nor to mix with her forrow the dreadful idea of being, the caufe, though the innocent one, of the murder of her father and her Encle: the therefore more speedily recovered from her grief, and was feen by the duca and his friend fome find before Viola could appear to drem.
So foftly, that, like flakes of feather'd flow They melted as they fell ;'
he faw her, heard her, loved her, and defpaired.
Lorenzo di Manficdonia was per haps not fo ftrikingly handfome as don Ambrofio di Montalvan, but he was more intereftingly fo: the expreffion of his countenance pourtrayed more fentiment, more fense and fweetnefs, than. Ambrofio's, and fpoke more to the heart than to the fancy: his figure was faultlefs fymmetry and grace; his difpofition, his temper, his heart, his talents, were the perfection of human nature. Yet he doubted his own powers of gaining the affections of the fafcinating marchefat depreciating his own merits, he thought it would be prefumptuous in him to aspire to her, whom he confidered the perfection of every beauty, every virtue under Heaven and the difparity of their years, he believed, independent of every other barrier, would prove an infurmountable one, fince Clementina's. quite old man' was then in his thirty-fourth year. But to rescue Clementina from the odium of abfur dity, we must remind our readers, that it was natural for a girl not quite fixteen to confider a perfon more than double her own age as very old; and the duca thought Viola would look upon him as much too old to appear in the character of her lover. with all his fenfe and penetration he was here mistaken; for, after two
The duca di Manfredonia was tharied almoft to fafcination by the beauty, wit, and manners of Clementina but still he felt impatient to behold that phenomenon, a girl not yet feventeen, who could encounter difficulties and dangers in the moft formidable fhape, to fly from a lover, young, beautiful, feducing, and his country's hero, merely becaule he was a profligate. At length he faw Viola in all that interefting languor her forrows threw around fation, every paffing moment difcoher; he faw her move in the perfec- vering to one, fome before, 'undifcofion of graceful dignity; he heard vered mental treasure, in the other's her bewitching voice, her fafcinating poffefon: they felt existence only in February, 1808.
months paffed conftantly in his fortetv, it became the firft with of Vio la's heart. They neither now knew happiness but in each other's conver
ach other's society : and yet the due earliest days I have known you fly, a's attachment remained as perfect from the scent of a tuberose, as you
secret to the marchesa as her predi- would from contagion ; what can tedion was w him, outil accident have made these so precious to you?" revealed the long-bilden source of The guchion, the inquiring eye, many a figli' and bluih, of all that of Clementina awakened the conscipentive, restless fadness, that ringed ousness of Viola : hier voice, lier look, the cheeks and heared the borom of her burning blushes as the strove in Viola, and strongly marked the man- vain to account for this sudden fondbers of Lorenzo.
vess for what the had ever before The marchesa of Palermo was fluunned, conveyed to the throbbing only to be seen to be almiied. Ma- heart of Lorenzo the most joyful titi ny fuitor's appeared, all of whom the ings it had ever known. Ardently instantly rejeciel; and afici each of he now enicred the lills, with many thiele rejections the duchelle strongly competitors, for her favour, and upurged Lorenzo to try bis fortune ; on the day the completed her sevenbut still doubcing the probabiliiy of teenth year the marchcía of Palermo his fuccess, he feared, by avowing was united to the duca di Manfredohis passion, to make Viola's residence nid. with his grand notlirs unpleasant in Conte Evidii was one of those in. her. At length the blind urchin, wtary digent nobles who swarm in Naples, of concealment, called in Flora to at- and who by his uncommonly great fist him. From Viola's earliert duys talents, and inlinuating manners, the perfume of the tuberofe had been gained the friendship of Lorenzo, 100 powerful for lier reves. Loren- who had been of contiderable service zo, not knowing this, one day pre- to him in pecuniary arrangements, sented her with a beautiful branch and upon every occation in which lie he had just gathered. They were could evince his regard. The conte the gift of Lorenzo); the placed them was one of those common characters in her bosom, and in a few moments to frequently to be found in great afier fell senfeicis on the couch upen men's houfes--pecious,
aittul, which the had been fucing. The Wüichful of his own interest, and feduca, ali terror, agony, may, dulous to conceal all lis impertecifummoned atliliance: the rouin was ons from those he wished to please, initantly ventilated, and all specifics or to deceive ; and he was so enter tried. Viola was just recovering- taining a companion, to polithed, 15 Lorenzo hanging over her in almost learned, fo apparently amiable, tha distracted anxious tendernes, when he stood high in the eliimation of the Clementina, drawn thither by an ac. duca and his grandmother, neithe count of her coufin's illie's, muthed of whom entertained the lighici in, and, at one glance developing the fufpiciun to lis diludvantage. cause of this sudden indisposition, The beauiy, genius, and playfu giafped at the tuberoles, exclaiming, gaiety of Clementina made a dee i Thele odious flowers have inade her impresion upon the heart of the in ill.'
fidiouis Elfridii, whose person wa Tliis sentence routed at once the good and face rather handfome : by scarcely recover Viola-Ol! he feared a repulse, as le "as b leave my flowers,' .e ciel: I four years Loverzo’s Senior in ag. would not part with
Then for who bad dreaded so much from in words.'
disproportion of years berweco h • Vou for workls ?' cxclaimed the Viola' and himself; and above al amazed Clementina. •From your Clementira had no fortune. U
Pereforc concealed his attachment a child, a strong attachment comwithin his own breat until he saw menced between them; and when the marchesa, Clementina's equal in Lorenzo arrived at manhood, and roth, beauty and accornpliin ments, was the admiration of all who faw fuperior in mental endowments, lin, the idol of all who knew him, is rank and fortune, bestow herfelt he became the model from which the upon a man double her own age, young Alvidore formed hinselt. To cond that a very noble provision had be thought in any respect like his en made by Viola for her beloved friend was the highest gratification of olin.
Then the warv Eltridii his heart, and to equal him in peitecAmmencei bis suite. Clementina tion the bright of his ambition; and ughed at his pafsion, caricatured even had Clementina Stanhope pola felf, and then thered him all the feifed fewer captivating aitractions, diculous forms her lively imagina- she would have ben the choce of un had pourtrayed him in. Del- Altidore, because the resembled the Siring to succeed with her, he ap- wife of Lerenzo. ed to the young duchefu, to exert Altidore's mother had died just be. c influence with her cousin in his fore Viola took refuge in Naples, TOUT But Viola poslessed too and it svas a visit of contulence to noch delicacy of mind to interfere Altidore which caused the duca's abwhere the knew gratitude would fa• fence at that periol. Griet for lais rate every thing to her wilhes. deceased parent prevented Altidore Deldes, Elfridii was no favourite of from viliting Naples uruil the nupties Although, as her Lorenzo's als of Lorenzo, when the beautiful vend, the treated him with the utmost Clementina captiv. ted his fancy and spect and deference, yet for worlds won his bicart. He was not doomhe would not see him the husband of ed to figh in hopeleffne's : the attacher beloved Climentina.
ment was inuiual, the content of Disappointed in his success with conte Ariosto readily obtained ; and iola, Lliridii applied to lier buf. the moment Elfridii found his rival ind. But all Lorenzu's interest ivas accepted, he quitte: Naples, fuli with Clementina was before engaged of vindictive ire. The day preceding v another friend, Altidore (coate the marriage he returned, apparently Hafta's enly fun), who had come calın, and reconciled to his bitter disom Tulcany to attend the nuptials appointinent: but it was the dreadful Lorenzo ; and the vinditive El- calm and reconciliation that meilitacHi, incented at the duca and du- cd revenze inspired. He attended ella not cipouling his cause, and the nuptials; and when knecling at mpeling Cienentina to be inis wife, the altar, whilst the marriage beneolved io avenge his bitter disap- diction was pronouncing, he folemnintment upon them.
ly pledged himself to vengeance by Alidore di Modena was then in blasting the happiness of his friend twenty-fourth year, uncommon- and Viola, whom he accules as the handsome, fenfible, learned, amia- destroyers of his peace. , and with manners highly refined
CHIAP. LIX. captivating. By inter-marriages e families of Manfredonia and Aria Soon after the union of Allidore to were connected, and by a long and Clementini, they were called ed and almost hereditary friends into Tufcany, to receive the last pthey lived in habits of intimacy biellings of the dying conte Ariollo ;
deipite of distance. While Lo and in iometimeatter their depicure -23 vas; et a youth, and Aliide:c therappies of the clock and Jucher
fa di Manfredonia was confiderally on, and every evil. When Elvira had attained her fifth year, her licentious. mother was called to that rank and confequence the panted for, by the death of the old conte, and for two years difgraced the title of Ariofto by the most reprehenfible conduct, and died in her twenty-feventh year a mar tyr to her own profligacy. Her then cicitbeo, in a fit of jealoufy, by poifon rid the world and conte Ariofto of a worthless woman.
augmented, by the birth of a lovely boy, whom they named Orlando. The dowager ducheffa was enraptured at beholding and clafping a great grandchild in her arms: but the did Hot long furvive this happy event; the lived refpected to a fine old age, and was lamented in death by all who had felt the influence of her virtues. Eer grandfon and his amiable Viola were fincere mourners: her death was the fift blow their connubial felicity received; they felt it deeply, and the forrow it occafioned feemed tin&tured with fad prefages of the future mifery of their lives. They quitted Naples almoft immediately, where every fcene fo forcibly remind ed them of the parent they deplored, and removed to the caftle of Manfiedonia; where we now will leave
Elvira was too exact an epitome of her mother, in perfon and difpofition, to be dear to her father's heart. He trembled for the vicious bent of her inclinations, and, with a hope of mending them, injudiciously fent her from him, for her education, to one of the most auftere convents in France, the rigid rules of which nuttured the feeds of evil already fown in them for a time to their grief for their her mind. To deceive her fevere excellent grandmother, to to carefs guardians fhe now each moment betheir fafcinating child, and to enjoy fieved neceffary; and while her unthat thort period of connubial happi- derftanding was highly cultivating, nefs the wicked allowed them to ex- her heart's vices increafed and multiperience, and introduce our readers to plied: and when recalled to Palino, fome new charactersat the defie of Ifabella, her father's fecond wife, he appeared with beauty of face and figure dazzling to behold, with manners foft, elegant, and wearing the femblance of every virtue; for art had encompaffed her heart with the moft impenetrable veil, to hide from every eye the unhallowed thrine of vice," The amiable fabella idolized her, her young brother adored her; while her father, charmed and aftonifhed, felt reproach within himfelt for his former unkindnefs, and ftrove, by affectionate indulgence, to wipe away all recollection of the paft. But Elvira's was that direful mifchief which loves to feed on the remembrance of injuries paft, and even when finiling to brood on vengeance: her father was her abhorrence, and her mother's deteftation of him with her own were twined together in her heart's coLe by
Alphonfo conte Arioflo, father to Altidore, had in his juvenile days committed many indifcretions, and not the leaft among them was marrying, unknown to his family, a beautiful plebeian girl, who poffeffed more art than virtues, whilft the had the addrefs to make the reverie appear to every fuperficial obferver. Soon after the infatuation of the moment was paft, the character of Aurora unfolded itself to the repentant and ditmay ed Aiphonto. He thuddered at the unfortunate ftep he had taken, and, notwithilanding the violence, arts, and ambition of Aurora, conuived to keep his marriage fecret during his father's life; in confequence of which the only offspring of this fatal correction was left to the care of Aurora in its early childhood, and Elvira di Modena learned her firft leffons in the fchool of art, diffimulati
by the dæmons of hatred and re
The fecond marriage of conte Ariofto had taken place in about a year after the death of Aurora; and as he had chofen his firft wife from amongst the dregs of the people, he foared to an oppofite extreme, and felected his fecond from the defcent of princes, one of the highest families of the Spanish hidalgos, not more pre-eminent for its uncontaminated blood than for its fpotlefs honour. Ifabella was one of the most lovely fcions of this ancient tree. In making the continental tour, after
depravity and the treachery of conte Vicenza, who had, a few years prior to this period, emancipated from the guardianship of her father, and fquandered at the gaming-table and in other licentioufnefs, the little fortune his faithful guardian had care. fully augmented for him.
Ever anxious for the world's favourable opinion, Elvira, too late, began to tremble for the confequenc es of her own conduct, and fileneing every argument of ambition. within her breast, condefcended to fo licit an immediate union with conte Vicenza. Her artful blandithments,
her at the Spanish court, was fafcinated, and became a fuccefsful woner. One child only fprung from this aufpicious union, Altidore, the father of our heroine, the patron of Diego, whofe fimple flory bore teftimony to his early worth,
the death of Aurora, Alphonfo faw co-operating with his tears of conte Ariofto, led him on to demand Elvira in marriage; when her father, indignant at Polydore's diffipated conduct, to which he was no stranger, refufed his confent, and in the moft determined manner commanded his daughter to give up every idea of an union with conte Vicenza.
About the period Elvira was recalled from France, conte Ariofo became guardian to Polydore corte Vicenza, a youth of uncommon beauty, talents, and every captivating grace; but in depravity of heart only could he be equalled by Elvira. A congeniality of fentiment foon drew their kindred hearts to each other. But Polydore's fortune was fmall, and Elvira's depended folely upon her father's pleasure; and ambition pointed out other paths to them than love and poverty.
This was the dreadful fignal for Elvira's long premeditated vengeance. Her father was almoft immediately taken ill of a lingering illnefs, that baffled the fkill of the faculty, and which terminated his exiftence very fhortly after the marriage of his fon. He breathed his laft tigh in the arms of his daughter, whofe exemplary care and filial tendernefs to her fa ther, during his illaefs were the admiration of all Tufcany. She fcarcely ever left his chamber from the moment he was confined to it; adminiftered all his medicines and nou. rithment herfelt; and her affliction upon his decenfe was fo violent, that he was reduced by it to her bed, where the was contined for fome weeks, refufing all medicinal ad vice. To roule her from this un availing forrow, her affectionate unfufpecting brother, himself a prey to real griet, advited a change of fcene, and as loon as the was able to undertake the journey, his Clementina contigned her to the care of the
The duca di Manfredonia was the rich prize Elvira refolved to gain but he beheld her with indifference, and refifted all her blandifhments, even when the appeared in the alluring form of well-acted forrow up on the death of Ifabella; and shortly after, his marriage with Viola cut off all her hopes for a fhort time, Notwithstanding this attempt upon the heart of Lorenzo, Elvira's attachment to Polydore remained unConquerable; and in an unguarded menient he fell a victing to her own