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was taken ill, to ber apartment, aod to give, which had good cause to be irritated, had re. her proper assistance. Jo a few mivutes, he lented, and perhaps I may in time obtain comsent privately to know her situation. They passion. Sir, I beg you will not so soon said, that she had recovered from her first hasten to forgive me. So many virtuous girls swoon; but that the fainting fits succeeded bave become bad wives, that, perhaps, I shall one another su rapidly, were so freqnent and be an instance of the coutrary. I am not yet 80 long, that they could not answer for the worthy to appear in your presence; pray let event. Iu an hour or two after, he again sent me only hope for pardon. Keep me at a disprivately to know how she was. They said, tance from you; inspect my conduct; judge she was almost breathless, and that she bad of it as it deserves: too bappy, a thousand been seized with convulsive fits, which were so times too happy, if you condescend some loud as to be beard in the court. In answer times to send for me! Allot me some obscure to his third message, which was in the morn corner in your house, in which you will permit ing, they reported that she had wept a great
me to dwell, and tbere I shall remain without deal, that the convulsions had ceased, and
Ah? could I divest myself of the that she appeared to be drowsy.
name and title, which they have made me On the following day the Marquis ordered
usurp, and afterwards die the moment that his horses to be put to his carriage, and did
you are satisfied! I have been left to commit, pot make his appearance for a fortnight, under the influence of weakness, of seduction, during which time they did not know what of authority, of threats, an action of infamous was become of bim. Before his departure, desert ; but do not tbipk, Sir, that I am dehe had made every necessary provision for the praved: I am not; since I did not hesitate lo mother and the daugliter, and left orders with
appear before you, iu obedience to your comthe servants strictly to obey their mistress in mand, and to presume to raise my eyes, and every thing she desired.
to address you. Ah! could you read the seIn this interval the two ladies remained to
cret sentiments of my heart, and see how difgether, almost without exchanging words; | ferent they are to those of women of a similar the daughter sobbing, at times crying aloud, | character! Vice has been incidental to me; it tearing her hair, wringing her hands; and her has not incorporated with my nature. I know mother not veuturing to come vear to comfort my own heart; and, it is a piece of justice her. The one was the figure of despair, tbe which I owe to myself, to say, that from my other of obduracy. The daughter said twenty dispositions, my sentiments, and my character, times to her mother, “ Mamma, let us get out I was born worthy of the honour of being of this house; let us make our escape.” The connected with you. Ah! had I been at limother as often resisted the proposal, and berty to see you, I should only have needed to replied, No, my girl, we must remain ; we say one word, and I believe I should have had must see wbat this will come to; surely he the courage to speak it. Sir, dispose of me will got kill us."
" Oh, would to God,” re as you think proper; make your servants turned the daughter, " that it were already come io; let them strip me, and throw me done!" Her mother would then say, you out into the street, under the darkness of had better be silent than speak so foolishly." night; I subscribe to wbatever you ordain.
On his return, the Marquis shut himself u up Let the fate to which you doom me be what. in his closet, and wrote two letters, one to ever it may, i submit to it; let some sequese his wife, another to his mother-in-law. The || tered cottage, or the obscurity of a cloister, latter repaired the same day to a convent of conceal me for ever from your sight: speak Carmelites, in the neighbouring town, where the word, and thither I will go. Your happishe died soon after. Her daughter dressed ness is not irretrieveably lost; you can forget herself, and repaired to her husband's apart- | me.” ment, where probably she bad been desired to “Rise," said tbe Marquis to her in a soft come. At the door she threw herself down tone of voice, “ I have forgiven you. At the upou her knees.
“ Rise," said the Marquis moment even when I was smarting under a to ber. Instead of rising, she advanced to sense of injury, ) respected my wife in you : wards bim upon her knees; she trembled at not a single word has escaped me tending to every joiut; her bair was dislevelled, her || humble ber ; or, at least, if there his, I rebody a little iuclined, her arms listed up, berpent of it, and protest that she shall never nead raised, her eyes watching his looks, and hear another to that effect, if she remember her face strearuinig with tcars.
" It seems to that ske never can render her busband unme,” said she to him (a sigb stopping her happy without being miserable berself. Be ulterauce at every word) “ aş if your beart, virtuous, be bappy, and make me so. Rise,
I pray you, my wife, rise, and embrace me! || forgiven you; I have told you of it, and I see Marchioness, rise! you are not in your place: that you will not believe it." "I never oan Madame d'Arcis, rise up!"
believe it,” replied she.--The Marquis added, Whilst he thus spoke to her, she concealed ||“ in truth, I believe I never shall have cause her face with her hands, and rested her head to repent it, and that this Pommeraye, instead upou the knees of the Marquis; but, at the of avenging herself, has done me an essential word, “My wife!" At the name of Madame service. My dear, go and dress yourself, while d'Arcis ! she suddenly sprang up, and threw your servants are employed in packing up herself upon tbe Marquis; she held hini in || your trunks. We will set off for my estate, ber embrace, balf suffocated with grief and where we shall live till we can return here joy; she then tore herself froin him; threw || without any unpleasant consequence to you or berself upon the ground, and kissed his feet. to myself.” “ Ah!" said the Marquis to her, “I have
THE CIRCASSIAN SLAVE.
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According to the intention which we lution, fearful lest he should otherwise be reintimated in our last Number, we proceed | cognized by his scholars, and conceiving that with the extracts from the letters of this in- || at his time of life nobody could be surprized at teresting female.
bis not being dressed after the newest fashion, The authenticity of the following anecdote | On his well-trimmed head he put a stiff, bigla is attested in a note by Voltaire :
cap; a prodigious ruff incircled bis ueck; lis "A Canon of the church of Notre Dame, hairy arms protruded from wide hanging highly respected for his piety and exemplary || sleeves; and broad furbelows decorated his life, a Jansenist not less feared by the Mo- tucked-up gown. In this attire le planted linists than beloved by the Archbishop of himself with great glee in one of the most Paris, could not at the age of sevenly, sup- conspicuous places in the theatre. His grupress a desire to go for once to the play. He tesque figure excited a general u bisper, a genebad often declared to his friends that he || ral laugh. Armand, who acted Harlequin, perwould not die before he had seen what was ceiving the cause of this, went to bim and daily the subject of so much conversation and whispered: “Sir, you are known. I advise praise ; but they paid no regard to this, || you to sound a retreat. Your extraordinary thiuking him ouly in jest. His valet some
dress causes such universal laughter that I times asked him what he intended to do am apprehensive of something still more un. with some antiquated habiliments which had pleasant.' The terror-struck Canon thanked belonged to his grandinother, and which for biin for his advice, and requested the Harle. many years he had kept carefully laid by. quio to assist bim to escape.
me, He always replied, that be should very likely said Armand, clearing a way for bim, but in find use for them some time or other. His such baste (for he expected every moment to desires to go to the play having arisen to the be wanted on the stage) that the corpulent highest pitch, he communicated to this grand mamma could not come up with him, valet, on whose discretion he could rely, his lost sight of the conductor, and had great intention of visiting the theatrt, in the dis- difficulty to reach the door, amidst the loud guise of his own grandmother. His servant cheers and hootings of the pit. So far all was begged him, for heaven's sake, to abandon such pretty well; the poor Canon likewise found an idea, and represented to him, that the dress the staircase, but unfortunately it branched off which he designed to wear was so extremely into two, and instead of keeping to the right, old-fashioped, that it could not fail to attract which led to the street, he turued to the left, every eye in the theatre; tbat, on the contrary, arrived at the apartment where an officer of if he weut in his usual dress, he would scarce- the police was accustomed to attend. No ly be noticed, as the theatre swarmed with sooner did the latter fix bis eyes on the ex. Abbés. All bis remonstrances were vajo ; the traordinary figure, which quaked for fear, than old gentlemau obstipately persisted in his reso- he immediately discuvered it to be a man in
disguise, and conducted the unfortunate | feigned to be asleep. On a table near the Canon to the Licatenaut of the Police. To no
best lay a pair of pistols, alid ixeside tiam the purpose did he relate tbe wbuie adventure, im. gold watch and seal of his gulist. The sun piore his discharge will lears, and evil wir juoke, trembled, and attempted to escape. a baadreal Louis-si'or's for his release: thie, The father, transporied with indignation, seizalticer who had never yet resisteil the lempta ed one of the pistols, fired, and shot his son tion of golul, conid not now day bim-e.f the through the head. Fie immediately delivered pleasure of rigidiy fuitilling his dalis. The himself up in the officers of police. Every Lieutenant of Police was a zealous Violinist, body is persuaded that he will be pardoned ; aud lyppened just at that time to have comme for an honest father who finds a highwayman pany: bigbly delighted withi ile accident, be in his soi), ought not to be judged by the erdered graud-mamma to be introduced ; gave laws iliat are applicable to other cases.” her a severe reprimand, and called her without “jivo things are just now the order of the merry hy her proper name. The consequence day hire (ilt Paris); in the first place, the wastant the curious old man was banished Married Philosopher, a new comedy by Dese to the distance of forty leagues from Paris. touches, which is said to exbibit big ov'n his. So deariy disi he pay for his short acquaint tory, and for the elevenih representation of ance with lionsieur Mariquin
which all the boxes are already bespoken; se** Another recent circunstance, but of a comedy, the cutting out of coloured prints, 110: e tragie balure, is as follows:- i gentie which is practised with ail the symptoms of a man from the environs of Villers Cuteret, i real manin. Every body cuts out, from the travelling on horseback, it couded by a servant, highest to ibe lowest. These pictures are stuck
4, attacked in a wood hy a young inan, who ir pon pasteburid and varnislicil. In this mane ruished bin of bis plR5e, his wateli, with a ner people muke tapestry, fire-screens, beilEsl scal, and buil bis horses, leaving trim
screens, &c. and thus also ladies of quality b-bind is great embarassscut. Pursuins destroy prints that cost one or two hundred 301 - journey ou foot, he at length discovered a livres a picce. If this rage continues we bandsome house at a distance, and seat lis shall presently have them cutting out Rascreant to inquire by whom it was inhabited. placi's pictures." Fobis greit satisfaction he learned thai it be. 5- The Duke of Gesvres is indisposed. He funged to an oid friend of his, an officer wiila is gone to St. Ouen, and all France is walking, whoin be had serveri many years. This com riding, or driving thither to visit bim. He Falle, a hearty old milli, received lion in the lies op a bed decorated with lace and ribbons. Lust cordialadrer, lanıcnted the noisfortune The curtains are drawn back, the bed is that had bxfallen bin, and offered bin bis strewed with Bowers, and in this manner lie purse. A few minutes before supper, a young receives (very body. Twenty courtiers surBun entered the room, and was introduced by round bin, and his father and hrother per. the offices as his son to lustest. The latter form the honours. Two tables and some insediatey recognized in him the persou by times three, each of twenty covers, are consin die land beint robbed. He was suíli stantly prepared. A kind of uniform for cicntly master of boimeifto keep silence. After the complaisaut guesis has been introduced : supper he immediately repaired to his cham. it cousists of a green coat, greeu stockings, ber. His servant cure to hiin, with the grern shoes, and green hat. Upwards of thirty greatest terror in his looks. 'Sır,' said lie, l of these wuiforms have been distributed, and we are in a suspicious place; our horses are
every person in this dress is allowed to enter jo the stable below.' The gentleman en at any tinke without any ceremony. The King joined hiin not to mentiou a syllable of the laughed at this whim, and observed, that he matier; and wben all the inhabitants of the could almost fancy biinself in La charité, where bouse had retired to rest, be softly proceeded all the atteudiants are dressed in green. A few with his candle to the bed-chanıber of his days since one of my acquaintance was there; friend, wake bun, and communicated this he found the Duke sitting on a greeu sofa, in unpleasant discovery. My heart bleeds, a green morning-gown, bis feet resting on a said be, that I should be obliged to give you greca carpet, a green hat, with a green feather this intelligence; but it is better that you on his head,and a large bunch ofrueat insbreast. receive it from me thin from the police. || The Duke d'Esperon has a different kind of officers' The pour old man was so shocked bubhy-horse: he is determined to act the part thai he fainted Resigiin biinsell, when he re of a surgeon.
He bleeds and trepans every corcred tai be valence of his feeling, he burried, body that falls in luis way. A coachman lately to the chamber of his son, who either was, or || fractured his skull. The Duke trepanned him,
latter was discarded. She is now the tail of probably according to all the rules of a the unlucky wight nevertheless dicu. Another the pablic, despised by her lover, and deserted time he thuaght proper to give a rural fête. The hy her friends. She is now at a loss le'w to spruce Duke de Gestres gave a marriage por- l extricate herself from this upleasant situativa to a peasant girl. The Duke d Esper- tion; she forces herself upon every body to non conceived a vehement desire to bleed the make people believe that her cožupany is still bridegrouin on the wedding night. The poor sought adtcr; but in this also she is unsuccesse fellow obstipately declined the operation, tillful. Sometimes she affects a certain coni. at length the illustrious surgeon purchased | dence; at others she cannot conceal her emhis compliance with one hundred crowns. barrassment. In short, she has av nihilated Such fooleries are daily practised before the her own existence." pyes of the whole world, the government " The celebrated actress, Le Courreur, is takes no notice of them, and the courtiers dead. Oa this subject very extraordinary remost distinguished for rank and talents, pay ports are in circulation. Madame de Btheir court to those two monsters"
(probably Berry), is passionate, capricious, “ Madame Du Defend had long been ex- and very gallant, someti:nes attaching herself tremely anxious to effect a reconciliation with to princes, at otbers to players. She lately. ber husband. She possesses a good under.
tock a liking for Count Saxe, who had none standing, and consequently she could not be for her: not that he had any inclination to in want of reason. She availed berself ofl act the part of the consta it swain to his mis. every opportunity of accomplishing ker object trets, Le Couvreur, for he had many other in a decorons and permanent manner.
Sve little adventures at the same time; but he inberited an income of four thousand livres i perceived nothing attractive in the cousewpper annuin from her grandmother, so that she
tive appearance of Madane de B. 19was cot poor. She had it in her power to im- | diguant al this slight of her charms, and prove her husbanıl's circumstances; she made considering Le Couvreur as the only obstacle an offer to that effect, and every thing went
to the gratification of her wishes, she deteron as well as she could wish. Every body
mined to get rid of this favoured rival. Witla commended her conduct. For iny part I wished
This view she had some pastilles made, and her not to be in so great a burry. I advised
selected a young Anhé, who is a very good her to submit to a six month's probation, painter, for the instrument of her vengeance. during which her husband should reside with
“One day the young man was accosted in bis father. But her imagination painted the
the Thuilleries by lo strangers, who, aller future in such enchanting colou's, that she expressing their pity on account of the toil
to which he was obliger to submit for subpersnaded her once more enamoured husband
sittence, proposerl tu him to insimuate himself to give up bis intendler journey, and at least tu dine and sup with her for the present : for the
in the character of a painter into the familia
rity of Le Couvreur, aid occasionally present second consummation of ber nuptials she ber
her the pastilles in question. The indigent self deferred till the end of three inonths, in
Abi é shuddered, and rejected the commission order to avoid any evil construction.
with horror. “For six weeks this plan answered extremely mated to him that it was no longer in bis
The strangers, however, intiwell; their friendship was truly touching; l option to refuse, and that his obstinary miglit but at the expiration of that time she began to
cost him his life. The terrified Abbe now be as tired of the good man as ever.
acquiescol. He was conducted to Mache de not indeed come to any open quarrel witla
Bom, who repertied both the promises and him, but she grew so reserveil, and so gloomy, il reats of her satellites, and delivered the that at length he set out for his father's, and
pastilles to him with her own band. He took she made no efiort to detain lin. On the
them, and deinanded only the delay of il sigle contrary she is now taking all possible mca
day to prepare himseli. Che evening ahea sures to prevent his return. I represented to Le Couvreur went horne, accompanied lis ad her the meanness of her behaviour; she wept acquaintance of mine and au actress note much, but that was all She cuonot live with
La llotte, she found an anonymous letter, in any body. Her last lover abandoned her
which she was carnestly requested to go alone, because he could no longer put up with her or with friends on whose discretion she could treatment. When he heard of her intended rely, to the garders of thie Luxembourg, v here reconciliatiou witb her husband, he sent her at the fifth tree in one of the great alleys, sl.c letters full of tenderness and reproaches. Her i would find a laa vilio had a communication former inclinatiop revived; she imagined that of the utmost importance ta mke to her. She a luver was beltter than a husband, and ide' immediately got into ber carriage agaiu wiede
her companions. At the appointed place she to ask Madame de
Bif she wished for was met by the Abbé, who informed her, with a formal investigation of the business ; if not, out reserve, that he was commissioned to
the Abbé could no longer be kept in confinepoison her; that he was incapable of such a ment. She declined an investigation, and as crime, but that he was binself placed in the her accuser was out of her reach while he conmost disagreeable situation, as he was sure to tinued in the Bastile, she agreed to his rebe assassinated. For the safety of both,' re lease. The fatber remained two months after. plied Le Couvreur, * the matter ought to be wards in Paris, and during that time the son communicated to the police.'
was not molested; but on his return hoine, “The Abbé expressed his fear of the power when the Abbé was so imprudent as to reside ful enemies be should make by such a step; at Paris as before, he suddeoly disappeared; but declared, that if for ber security she nobody knew whether he was dead or alive, thought this precaution necessary, he was and be was never heard of afterwards. ready to confirm his statemeut. On this Le
“ This circumstance put Le Couvreur on Canvreur took him in her own carriage to the her guard. One night at the tbeatre, Madame Lieutenant of police; who gave the pastilles de B, at the conclusion of the first piece, to a dog, which died in a quarter of an hour. sent to request her to come into the Duchess's Tbe officer manifested no surprize on hearing box. She excused herself on account of the the name of the Duchess of B-, because negligence of her dress, but promised on the many similar circumstances bad made him breaking up of the house to place herself in acquainted with her. He asked the Abbé if the way of the Duchess. She did so, and he would attest the truth of his account be- | Madame de B—loaded ber with caresses fore the proper tribunal. You may imprison and commeudations on account of her exceline, if you please,' replied the Abbé; "and lent acting. Some time afterwards Le Couvconfront me with Madame de B
reur fell sick, and grew worse and worse ; so Lieutenant of the police discharged him for that at length a play in which she had a printhe present, and submitted the whole affair to cipal part to performi, could not be concluded. the Cardinal, who is the first warmth of his She wasted away more and more every day. feelings demanded the strictest investigation; | The last part she acted was Jocaste, in Volbut the numerous friends and convections oftaire's Edipe. Her illness was so manifest the bouse of B-contrived, in order to
that she drew the compassion of the wbole avoid the scandal, to hush up the affair. In a audience. Four days afterwards she died in few months, however, it became generally cir- || dreadful convulsions. Her body was opened, culated, bow, or through wbom, is not known. and the intestines were examined. Madame The brother-in-law of the accused declared to de B had the impudence to inquire daily lier husband, that it was absolutely necessary after her health. The public was so exaspefor his wife to clear herself of so atrocious a rated that this lady would certainly have ex. charge, and that a letter de cachet onght to be perienced its resentment had she ventured obtained against the Abbé. This was no dif-during this time to appear at the theatre. All ficult inatter. The poor man was apprehend- that I have here related is incoutestably true, ed, thrown into the Bastile, examined, and in for I had it from the lips of an intimate friend spite of all promises and threats, persisted in of Le Couvreur." bis statement. In vain were excuses of all
Though Mademoiselle d'Aissé concludes sorts proposed to bim; he was advised to with t?is assurance, yet at least the manner feign insanity, or a violent passion for Le of Le Couvreur's death was but town-talk; for Couvreur, which had induced him to trump Voltaire subjoined the following uote with his up such a story in order to produce a return. own hand :-“She expired in my arms, of an He firmly replied, that he had told nothing || inflammation of the bowels. It was I who but the truth, and ucver contradicted the first directed her body to be opened. All that statement. Le Couvreur wrote to his father, Mademoiselle d'Aissé says on this subject is a who resided in the country, and was ignorant totally unfounded rumour.” If Voltaire means of the misfortune of his son. He repaired to include the preceding story respecting the inmediately to Paris, and demanded that his poisoning scheme, this afforda a fresh proof sou should be set at liberty, or a legal process how closely slander sometimes imitates the instituted against hiin. The Cardinal, to truth. whom he addressed this just requisition, sent