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but as he had been so kind, long ago, to restore the former into my possession, I was resolved likewise to retain what little remained of the latter.

I will not describe to you the passion into which these words, and the resolute air in which they were spoken, threw him: nor will I trouble you with the whole scene which succeeded between us. Out came, you may be well assured, the story of the mistress; and out it did come, with all the em. bellishments which anger and disdain could bestow

upon it.

• Mr. Fitzpatrick seemed a little thunderstruck with this, and more confused than I had seen him; though his ideas are always confused enough, Hea. ven knows. He did not, however, endeavour to exculpate himself; but took a method which almost equally confounded me. What was this but recrimination! He affected to be jealous : :----- he may, for aught I know, be inclined enough to jealousy in his natural temper; nay, he must have had it from nature, or the devil must have put it into his head ; for I defy all the world to cast a just aspersion on my character; nay, the most scandalous tougues have never dared censure my reputation. My fame, I thank Heaven, hath been always as spotless as my life ; and let falsehood itself accuse that, if it dare. No, my dear Graveairs, however provoked, however ill-treated, however injured in my love, I have firmly resolved never to give the least room for censure on this account. And yet, my dear, there are some people so malicious, some tongues so venomous, that no innocence can escape them. The most undesigned word, the most accidental look, the least familiarity, the most innocent freedom, will be misconstrued, and magnified into I know not what, by some people. But I despise, my dear Graveairs, I despise all such slander. No such malice, I assure you, ever gave me an uneasy moment. No, no, I promise you I am above all you before!

that.--. But where was I ? O! let me see; I told you my husband was jealous...--And of whom, pray ..... Why of whom but the lieutenant I mentioned to

He was obliged to resort above a year and more back, to find any object for this unaccountable passion, if, indeed, he really felt any such, and was not an arrant counterfeit, in order to abuse me.

• But I have tired you already with too many particulars. I will now bring my story to a very speedy conclusion. In short, then, after many scenes very unworthy to be repeated, in which my cousin engaged so heartily on my side, that Mr. Fitzpatrick at last turned her out of doors; when he found I was neither to be soothed nor bullied into compliance, be took a very violent method in. deed. Perhaps you will conclude he beat me ;, but this, though he hath approached very near to it, he never actually did. He confined me to my room, without suffering me to have either pęp, ink, paper, or book; and a servant every day made my bed, and brought me my food.

" When I had remained a week under this im. prisonment, he made me a visit, and, with the voice of a schoolmaster, or what is often much the same, of a tyrant, asked me, If I would yet comply. I answered very stoutly that I would die first..--Then so you shall, and be d---ned, cries he; for you shall never go alive out of this room,

• Here I remained a fortnight longer; and, to say the truth, my constancy was almost subdued, and I began to think of submission ; when one day, in the absence of my husband, who was gone abroad for some short time, by the greatest good fortune in the world, an accident happened.----I-----at a time when I began to give way to the utmost despair every thing would be excusable at such a timer.at that very time I received-.-.--.But it would take up an hour to tell you all particulars.--In one, word, then (for I will not tire you with circumstances), gold, the common key to all padlocks, opened my doors, and set me at liberty.

I now made haste to Dublin, where I imme. diately procured a passage to England ; and was proceeding to Bath, in order to throw myself into the protection of my aunt, or of your father, or of any relation who would afford it me. My husband qvertook me last night, at the iņn where I lay, and which you left a few minutes before me; but I had the good luck to escape him, and to follow you.

And thus, my dear, ends my history, a tragical one, I am sure, it is to myself; but, perhaps I ought rather to apologize to you for its dulness.'

Sophia heaved a deep sigh; and answered, ' In. deed, Harriet, I pity you from my soul! But what could you expect? Why, why, would you marry an Irishman ??

• Upon my word,' replied her cousin, your censure is unjust. There are, among the Irish, men of as much worth and honour as any among the Eng. ļish; nay, to speak the truth, generosity of spirit is rather more common among them. I have known some examples there, too, of good husbands; and I believe these are not very plenty in Eugland. Ask me, rather, what I could expect when I married a fool; and I will tell you a solemn truth; I did not know him to be so.-. Can no man, said Sophia, in a very low and altered voice, do you think, make a bad husband, who is not a fool? That,' an. swered the other, " is too general a negative; but none, I believe, is so likely as a fool to prove so. Among my acquaintance, the silliest fellows are the worst husbands; and I will venture to assert, as a fact, that a man of sense rarely behaves very ill to a wife who deserves very well,'

CHAP. VIII.

SOPHIA now, at the desire of her cousin, related

----not what follows, but what hath gone before, in this history: for which reason the reader will, I suppose, excuse me for not repeating it over again.

One remark, however, I cannot forbear making on her narrative, namely, that she made no more mention of Jones, from the beginning to the end, than if there had been no such person alive. This I will neither endeavour to account for, nor to excuse. Indeed, if this may be called a kind of dishonesty, it seems the more inexcusable, from the apparent openness and explicit sincerity of the other lady.se But so it was.

Just as Sophia arrived at the conclusion of her story, there arrived in the room, where the two ladies were sitting, a noise, not unlike, in loudness, to that of a pack of hounds just let out from their kennel ; nor, in shrillness, to cats, when caterwaul. ing; or to screech-owls; or, indeed, more like (for what animal can resemble a human voice ?) to those sounds, which, in the pleasant mansions of that gate which seems to derive its name from a duplicity of tongues, issue from the mouths, and some. times from the nostrils, of those fair river nymphs, ycleped of old the Naïades; in the vulgar tongue translated oyster-wenches: for when, instead of the ancient libations of milk and honey and oil, the rich distillation from the juniper-berry, or, perhaps, from malt, hath, by the early devotion of their votaries, been poured forth in great abundance, sliould any daring tongue, with hallowed license, profane, 1. e. depreciate, the delicate fat Milton oyster, the plaice sound and firm, the founder as much alive as when in the water, the shrimp as big as a prawne

the fine cod alive but a few hours ago, or any other of the various treasures which those water deities, who fish the sea and rivers, have committed to the care of the nymphs, the angry Naïades lift up their immortal voices, and the profane wretch is struck deaf for his impiety.

Such was the noise which now burst from one of the rooms below; and soon the thunder, which long bad rattled at a distance, began to approach nearer and nearer, till, having ascended by degrees up stairs, it at last entered the apartment where the ladies were. In shiort, to drop all metaphor and figure, Mrs. Honour, having scolded violently below stairs, and continued the same all the way up, came in to her mistress in a most outrageous passion, crying out, “ What doth your ladyship think? Would you imagine that this impudent villain, the master of this house, hath had the impudence to tell me, nay, to stand it out to my face, that your ladyship is that nasty, stinking wh---re (Jenny Ca. meron they call her), that runs about the country with the Pretender? Nay, the lying, saucy villain, had the assurance to tell me, that your ladyship had owned yourself to be so: but I have clawed the rascal; I have left the marks of my nails in his impudent face. My lady! says I, you saucy scoun. drel : my lady is meat for no pretenders. She is a young lady of as good fashion, and family, and for. tune, as any in Somersetshire. Did you never hear of the great Squire Western, sirrah? She is his only daughter; she is--, and heiress to all his great estate. My lady to be called a nasty Scotch wh--e by such a varleto---To be sure, I wish I had kpocked his brains out with the punch-bowl.'

The principal uneasiness with which Sophia was affected on this occasion, Honour had herself caused, by having in her passion discovered who she was. However, as this mistake of the landlord sufficiently accounted or those passages whic Sophia had before mistaken, she acquired some ease on that

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