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curiou.i th" with peahis of

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traveller regaling aie, repeat and gentle tl1e

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Dut-brown Lady But visitant : , {ounder. of every Evelina, hers,

horrific Earl wa8

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Conway Lord moon. armour 8een where at high with of tlle into

boast: o\.er a rnilk failhlesl hi8

tradition domains white wife, amid8t tor

it~ first in

Hubert. rnoullted ; and he had alld

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THE THE CASTLE SPECTRE. 'That I am no coward.. returned Osmond. I rny deed, iD arms wil\ testify, but I value my life too much at presenl to l8t it on a chancoj but the Lady ADgela must be rniDe first, then I will meet you in lhe field, at lhe head of our mulual adhe~nt., ore)se in sjDgle fight, as please3thee best: I Angela thine ? forbid it heaven ! ' replied Percy .' I MiDe ,he ,bal\ be, aDd tbat without delay ,. replied OsmoDd 1iercely; .and then, PercyJ liberly wil\ again be your9, but ti\l that au5picious time you are my prisl)ner ; and your mean artifice in stealing iDto rnl castle warrantl juch a proceeding on my part.. Percl would have answered, but Osmond ordered hiss)aYel to ~r him instantly to the we'stem tower ; and Haasan and Sa1bwere to remain and guard him, and not quit the room an in9tant. The earl, anxiou. to regain hi5 liberty on account or Angela, who5e unprotected 5ituation filled him with a thousand fears, exposed as she wa5 to the power of an aa5assiD, attempted to win hi5 &ab)ekeepers over to hi5 in1ere&t, by affording ltim mean3 uf escape, oflering them a well1i\led pur5~, a5 a pre3ent reward, and treble the 5U[8 at .future period, with his prolection if ever tbey found it nece5sary to claim it. The black3 whispered together, and then seemed all compliance ; but no sooner had they got the purseJ than they laughed at him for suppo5ing they would be f&lse to Os1Uondand belray lheir trust. Percy wa5 too indignant to repl>.J and much chagrined, he flung himselfon a couch. Hassan and Saib began to divide Ihe content5 of Ihe purse, when the fonner producing from his pocket a box of dice, proposed that instead of sharing the gold, they shol1ld fiing who was to have the whole. and decide it by three throws each; .8greedJ. said SaibJ I here is a bottie of the 'best wine Osmond has il1 his cel)ar, and we will have .
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The black DOticed it.-. What is 81l thil r laid HassaD j .I willlOOD see.. replied Saib ; alld placing a chair OD the table that stood under the window. he 100ked OUt, and prelently descending, told his comrade that it wal 0111y,he 1ishermen casting nets, and 8inging to wile away the ,ime. Theyaeated themselves 0\1 tbe floor, aD(1800\1 became yery intent ODtheir dice and bo'tle; and tbe fisbermen agaiD 18Dg: .Hoh! wake Ibce. wake tbee, kDigbt, from .leep. SiDr methglen, methgleDbec j H..le. h..te, and qQickly take tbe leap, SiDKmethglen. melh~leQ bee. Let .ot the heiltht give )"ou alBrm, For we will catl:h you ..fe fr..m hmrm. ADd quickly ,et 1oUfree .It must be .o' l.1id the earl. .it is me they mean ;. he wa5 .atarting up, but 8eeing the blacks tum round, he had just .time to regaiD his reclining posture. .I 'hougbt our priIODer 8poke.' said Hassan ; ..o he might,. replied Saib. .it is no uncommon thing for people "o talk in their sleep. cparticularly wb~n their miDds are disturbed.. .And his cannot be veryeasy just now. O, this love! Ah ! how dearly did I doat on my Samba and (lur infaDt 80n. In my own couDtry I was blest in affectioD. pow(:r. .and prosperity ; here my 800ty hue reDders me an object of cODtempt and disdaiD. 0 memory, torturing mem()ry ! but .ince the'tyranl8 forced me trom Afric.s- ,.alued shore. ,[ have,vowed h;ltred ; yes, hatred eternal to alI munki\1d !. .I too have had my 6hare of sorrows,. replied Saib.; ..but I cannot di\'est my heart of pity or gratitude wh~re it .is due, and amtJng tllese white tolks ,here are good and bad.' .t\h ! they are Europeansall,. 6aid Hassan. .anc.l that i8 enough for me; but no more of thiD, give me a -hom of wiRe, and now for the dice,lhe first throw was in ytJur favour .' The men were so intent on tbeir drink al1d diversion, for Has,an had produced another bottle, that they ceasedlo r8-gard any tting el~e. Again the fisherme~'s canzouet W38 repe3ted. and the ItWO foUowi(Jg liDes give\1 twice over in fullchorus :..Let u..t , h.. heighl1ur n,iDdal"rm. For we.will catch yllu free from I.arm.. Percy mounted tbe cbair 8Dd table, 80 bappily .pIacerl ,there by S3ib, and looking from the caMt:ment bebl:ld Gilben.and 8Ome fishermen in the boat. with lorcbes, holdil1$ :a.Jail.cloth ..pread to catch himS the he!ght .was feaIftll. .A.Jj

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mond, reckoning that delay would oDly make the matter worse ; and presuming tbat his former services would insure his pardon for this ut1il1tel1tional crime. but gratitude had no piace in the tyrant's breast ; and drawing torth his dagger he seized tbe slave, and would have buried it inhis . breast, had not Kenrick, who had reh1med secrelly to the ca8t1e,-entered tbe room just in time to 8ave the black-he struggled wit~ Osmond ; and while he held the earl, bade the trembling Saib fly for his life. The earl's eyes seemed to dart forth flasbes of lightning on Kenrick, so great was his rag~. f Was it a crime to save you from further bloodshed ?' said the secretary .4 You are growu impertinent and in1erfering,' replied Osmond. ' It is ~ime ,\,e part, and I will hasten your progres5 to the retreat you so much wisb for-Ieave me, in~talltly, sir.-Kenrick retired hastil>.. wisbing his master.swords mighl be true. Osmond sent for Saib, whom he pardon~ and gave him some gold, but on the express condition both these favol1rs were bes10wed, th3t Kel1rick.s colltemplated rnurder was DOlolrger delayed, .bat the poison administered thal \.ery 11ight in his 5upper wine, and th~ earl would see it infused in hi8 presence. The heart ()f the African revolted agmnst this task : he did not find bimself capable of committil1g a deed so foul. Kenrick had saved tlis life, it was but just 10 retum tlle servi.ce tendered, 3nd not repay evil for good. Saib sought Kenrick, who was walk11g on the soutbern rampart8, alld thanked bim with tears ofgratitude. f I hope,' 8aid the untutoted cllild of nature, f that tl1e life you have saved shall hencefortb be dedicated to bett(Jr pnrposea than have for many years rnarked ils days-I gI.ow tired of Osmond and guilt.. f Friend,. replied Kenrick. ' if it so 5uits thee, and thine heart like mine seems awakeDed to compunction and penitence, you are v,lelcome to 5hare my home; w~ c3n render mutuaI service to each other. Osmond bas promised me a calm '.el,.eat, alld soon.' f Aye. thisvery nighl.. said the black. f Ah! what mean you ? exclaimed Kenrick : ' why that look of hotror ? why that deep.enedt(}ne ? .Osmond cioom5 you to tbe grave-that is bis promised retreat ; and I am chosen to administer it this very night. When I hand J'Ou your accustomed goblet of wine after supper. appear 10~

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.drop it by 8ccideDt. .J shal1 not tben be SU8peCted. C011t what wealth you have, and Jet to-morrow.s SUDsee you Qn your way Irom ,he..e detested walls. Farwe1J. I dare stay no 10Dger; shuuld we be ob.ierved. it might be fatal to u. ~~ both.' . -.Q Dealh, tbcn, said Kenrick to himself, i8 OsmoD4'. in\ 'tended rew:lrd fur my I'ast servjces; and so iOODtoo. O, base de.troyt'r of my peace of mind ! ..hy did 1 league with tbe~ ! why barl.:r my ,msu1lied co"scienGe lor Ihy gold and never perlurmed prumi.ie~ ! I.eave the castle !-that I .could do wit" ple,.8llre, were it no1 for-Ah! huw shalll 8cl ? Ye8. 1 will seek th~ Lady Angt!la, and confide to her my fatal.b~':rt t i she may pardon and I'rotect me; ,he j. good and vlruuus. and ,with Ihem d welleth mercy. . Asllml';onb t() supper, by the usual bell, inIernJpted hi. medilallons. Ah! wl1at a sickening sensatiun did Ihe lound produce. Saib handed Kenrick. Ibe full 8parkliug goblel ; j1s1 tbt:n hi. f,vourile .8panit:1placed her paw8 OD .his ..ne.:, ilnd Iler masler ,prelt:Dding 8he had dashed the 'Wine ~rr)nl his h3nd, let Ihe gobll"t fall to the ground. where jt sllivt:red i" pieces. . Lad}' AIIg.'13 wa~ now ordered by Osmond 10 retire to :ber chal,.bl:r. al1d he deputed Alice, wbo was b)' no meaDI pleasc:d wit;. ,he omce assigned ber, to remaiD 'With her" and tak~ 4..are she dld not quil the room, or give aDy one access .o h~(. .I du no1 )jke this cedar chamber,' said A)jce, a8 thl\. enlert:d, and looked ft:arfully round : .is not your 81eep disturb~,1 here ? l'or th6y saythe Oralory is bauDted ; but my lord b8s had th05e folding doors fait cloi.d that lead into ,it. Do you 1I0t ;hear Lady Eve)jna sing at midnight ?' .No, my good A)jce: i have p3it every nigbt sillce l haye been ht're undisturbed ; excl:pt what has aroie .rom my ,fear of evil mortals. 1!!1~bQ~-~p.r~theie ? .l.could gazt: on Ihem forever.' , .1.hat.' rep)jed the dame. ..on the rig~t, i8Lord Reginald jn armour, he that .W.i slain coming from the wars ; and that ()'" th" left .i b:s wife, the murdered counteis.' .Oh, Uimond! Osmond !. i8id .Angela, drawing forth .the dagger sbe had found In tbe armoury from under hcr robes, .the hilt .of Ihis weilpoD bears thy name ! and itl .blade i8 eDcrusted witb blood ! Ah Dle. 1 lear .twas Lheir,a it drank !. .Hide. bide tbat dagger, I iDVeat you,' said Alice, .or J .ahall.faint .at "the ,~ht .of it. -Q, dearest .1ad.J did .1u~ !

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trold being safe in thelr chambers ; that is genera1ly about midnigfit, and we wilJ a1low 3nother hour for further sel'urity. Fare'well, 8nd ali good HngeJ~ guard you !. Tbe monk Ihen l~ft the chJmber, a(Jd Angela kIleeJing down, with her eyes fixed on the piclures o: Rcginald and EveliDa, implured heaven.s proteclion on helself alld Percy. ()f whose Ijberatiolllhe was yt:t iglloral't. At. this instant, a f~w nole~ of a guit8r were heard from the adjoining Or,ltory; Angel8 &tarted. .Whal &hould I fear ?.&:1id &he; .if il~deed th~ L3dy Evelina.& &pirit doth '.evisit the earth. it wiH no1 harm m~.' A plaintive air was now pl,,}'l:d. whilcol1r }OUllg hcroine remained on the floor , ,vith clasped halJds, bIlI attellti\.ely listening "l\.h.al..fP. 1l\lll1hy. Ilp.1' Rly dear, hy t&1h".. i. c"rujl\g. all(1 ..0()1I\\.ill bl' hl're. r it .Good powers of mercy and Providence1. is the vt:ry \vurds as d~&cribed by Alice. ..aid Angela, It mu&t in.

deed be the spectre of the Countes~ ; and }'et I ridiculed the idea, presumptuoDs creai ure as I was ! Never, for the future, will 1 are to ('a1llhe power of heaven in question-Ihis may be permilted for &ome greal and \vi,e t'nd.. Th~ Ijnes wer~ three times repeated ; a1l was then sIJ~nt, and Angela. less agilale Ihan it is sc3rce possible to suppose, arose, and pac,d Ihe chnmber, anxiously wishing Ibe arrivai ()f the expected hour t(\3t was to give her frt:ed(jm. 1'jle door by which Alil:e left the room still r~l11ained unlucked j but the fair illmate of the cedar chamber flt 110 in('linalion to avail h~rself uftbat opp(Jrtunily. she (,ollld d!> nolhing of herself alone, and unprulected. SOOI1 after &he was alarmed by a key being placed in the wards I)f :In opposite door. It could not be Father Philljp so soon j besies h8 would not come that way ; and she await~d the elltrance of the person, whoever it might be, with breathless expecta. ~ion. Of a1l ,he indivjduals under the sun, the next unwelcome on;: appeared bl:fore he.. -Kenrick. he wbo had conveyl:d her frol11 1\llan.s peaceful COt, tbe betray~r of Percy, ,he col1federate of the tyrant rlller of Ihe castre, perhaps an aclual murderer ; and what dreadful purpose might nuw have brought him hele, she trembled to think "n. AgaiD the gtlitar "OU\ldd iIIlhe Oralory. It WIIS e\'ident Kenrick heard il no1. ilnd Ang~la felt a kjnd of sweet assura(Jce re.ultillg ffom it. A~ Kellrjck approached, she retrealed. .~Iay, fair lady ,. said he : r mucb-wronged Angl!Ja, 1Jear me: j."u 11.a"e

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father. 'Ti. your tongue must pr()nounce }.ou hi. daDgilter, allrl pray for my pardoll and protection. Come, then.. -Atthis period,-Angela) turning round, beheld U8mond, and shriek(-d aluud. Kenrick, 8truck. \l.ith terror, would have ned, but tbe Earl pre"ented him, and called out for bis black ,Ia"es, wbo were only jn the anti-room : ther rusbed in, alld by his order con'leyed the traitor (ai h. t-ermed him) to a dungeon. O.imond remained with thf! &.apless AIIgela, al)d used the most ullmanly Ihre:lls to intimidale h"r to his purpose : but !ibe wa~ firm in her r~. jection. At Ibis awful crisis, whcl1 she was on the point of beiDg for ~"er lost, wheD th~ ruffian seized her in his haterl armsJ and she W3ji tryingJ but WjtboUt succe.s, to get tbe rlagg~r trom beneath her robe, Ihe doors of the pntry fl~w wide open, aud tlie Spoctre of tbe C3.tle) the baseJymurrlered Efelilla, ad"anced from it; a flowing t.lrapery, or veil, expalld;,lg over her bead and sboulderb, lea"ing ber bo80m bare, on which was sef;n a ghastly wollnd, al1d tbe bJood stjll appearedJa~ if/1owing from it, o\.er her white garmel1ts. Osm()nd immediateJy unloosed Angela, and fledJ calling for bis 311endantRin great dismay. Our heroine sl1l1k 011 her knee'iJ the Spectre bended over ber, and seemed to bJess her. but spoke 110t. Sh" then, wi!h a sJuw so!~mn pace, and souDd;~ssfootstep, feturned lo the Oratory, stoppillg a 8hort tinle be(ore th~ picture of Regina:dJ on which 8be seemed 10 gaze Wilh interest. The doors tben closed music was hl'al d, wilh a chorus of he3"enly "oices chaunt iI)g sollgs of IriumphJ and Ihel1 silence reigned. The clock 81ruck I\A.O,}.et Father Phillip was not come, and Angela was lIearly sinking from 'ear of disappoinlment aDd applehensiol) : s!:e wa~ now more tha., e\.er ;,nxious to quit her prison, tllat she mjghl see Pprcy, and jmpart lo bim the di,co"ery she had made of herown birlh, alld the existellce of her father, alld to COIIS111I what was best lo be done t() disrover where h~ was confined. and etfect his liberalion. l11ere was Jilll~ .ioubt that be was il) some "al:lt of the castl~. Blll, alas ! withoul any cllle to guide them, it rnjght be hard to lnd himj and depli"ed of Kellrick.s
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perSOn5 ndvancing very 51()wly from thecaslle. " es, the1 approach l1eaJ er. but I~ither of Ihem is in pettlcoat" or has the l~ast appear~nce of the porrly friar: let us watch their motionl.. 111e objects f)f their cllr;osity proceeded to Edric's, the fisherman.8 coltage j and it was soon visible that one was in greal pain. and supporred by his companion. Tbere wa~ nought 10 tear Irom snch gIJests, and they soon gained admittallce.- (t was th~ dying Kenrick, led by &ib, the grat~. ful black : the former had the keys of the castle takel1 from him, and was then, in Ihe presence of Olrnond. put to th8 torture. to m:lke him reveal where Reginald was confin~d : he re5isled a long time. till overpoweriDg agony wrung f.om hirn Ihe partil:ular dungeon where the once braye and hand,ome \varrior languished, boweJ down wilh grief and privalion5. and on his own domain. The fend-Iike tyrant then wilhdrew, lea,ing Satb with the sufferer. Kenrick had conceal~d about his person a rnaster-key, which had escaped Ihe vigilaDce of his 8earcht:rs, and he easily pre. vailed on Saib to support hirn from the castle. and be Ihe cornpal1ion of his flight. He lived but to reveal to Percy the sarne coofessi()nhe had made to Ange:a, al1d to describe the dungeon il1 which the Earl wa5 to be foul1d, and he expired, eamesl)y recommending Saib to Northumberland.s care. No hopes were now entertained of behold1Dg Father Phillip al1d his )ovely cha,ge: and it was resolved to make alI inslant attack 011 the castle. The soldiery were Boon collected, al1d Ihey sct out with ardoqr to save Ihe innocent or perish il1 Ihe attempt. Osmond, h11,r~,~\e.<1 ~n<!-fatjgl1ed. retired to his chamber. resolvjng to defl.rr i11i1f).~ next day, his intentionB concerning Reginald and Angela j but he was so f~arful of tbe repelition of hi8 dreadful dream. that he ordered two of his UI:lck sla'.e.~to walch him, and if they perceived, wh~n he ~Iept, Ih[lt he seemed. lroubled or agitated, they were instanlly lo wake him ; but he h:ld scarcely given his com. mands wben H2ssan ru5h(-d in with tbe wildest 3larm. and told him, that Kenrick and Saib were not to be found..They are then gone to Percy ,. exclaimed Osmond. .AU the worJd turn Iraitors to me: I must be quick. or ali is lost.' He seized a dagger. and rush~d tg Angela.B chamber-but sbe was not there j and sucb was the conflict of rage. bor. ro~~ aDd disappointment, within his bosom. that be saDk down iD a coDvulsive fit: his groans and stru~gleB reacbed Ha&san.Beara. who. summ01liDg tbe two remain1Dg blackI to

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rf:st in p():lce. ;I!1d tr(\\1bJ..: thig caslle no mre: She thcD vall.heJ. a\1[l &rJllm\l mll~;.; was heard. .Reginald aDd his daughtcr r('rJr.cd on th('lr knt:t:s j prcsently the v~1ults were full ofso\:~rs, !I,.:1ded by P,:rc.y, and led by Phillip. in great apprehe\lsiuliS ,Jf tindlIg some dismal lragedy perpetrated ; bul at lht; sigl,t of tbe E;lrl, ai)d Lady .\.1)gel:l jn iafety I they 8et \lp ~hoU1Sofjoy. O..mond lived but tp rec(:ive the {orgivencss of hii bro!her. \,!lir:h wai ~",rcitI111y at:ct"Jcd to. anJ expired. 1Jarue Alice n()\V Lus:les ab()ul with alacrilf j and every tenant a\ld \"as~.!l heard of the l:.llrpt:r.s fall, and the resloration of lhe guod L(\rd n"g:nalrl, wilh lran~ports of joy.Saib. Who~(~ r('pe\lt:1nce f'r(J\e,1 Iruly sil1cere. was rewarded with a corutorlal,le 3s}lum for :he remail1der of his dafi. The olhlr b\acks mcllhl: fate their clime~ descr\'f.:d. The m..rri:~e of K::,11'(:ICy and .tbe Lady Angela was celebrated Wilil ~,II thl: pClmp a\ld magl1ificenc~ of atlcienl times, \v1l~l1 th'! nllll.tlcl'i !J:1rp rcsoullJed lhrllgh t~.e hall. Earl l'.(.~;ll,:IJ. by !lltl.I;liv~ care, bOn reco\'~red his health, a\ld lu.! tlli1t premalllre decay. atld app'.arallc(I of (\II1I!Sc. ti; ,vl;i(11 Kenri..k.~ ~ruel policy had r~duced him : he CQ\llillll~d ;1'\vav!i ,vil!1 hil' 80n and di1ugllter ; alld th~ good Falller ('I.;lj.p \vas e\er a d:stilliuished re~pcclc.t mcmber :)f th;; 6:!me famiiJ.. ' a"c1. f.hared his buttle 3l1d h8rnll~bs je51 wilh the mirlh.lo.jllg and now inGelJendent Gilbert.Allan and his wife had tht: fel:cilV lo sc'e tl!eir ioster.child tl1e brid\}. the happy bride. of Northumberlllild. She would :Ia\'e rais~d tbem to a superil'r &t3tion in lile. Lut tliey wuld \lot hear o( it. alld rema.nd~d by choice iD their own cottage. She wa~ therefore r;.bligl:d to contel1t her&elf by sendi(\g repeatedly 8uch articles of comfurt, as wcre besl ~\lted lo sootbe their ajvanct: ).ears. and ameliora~e the painsand in!irn)itiel of tbt:ir 01d age. T!!2 ~~f). " , l7-:-6 ~ r ,1. t

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lhe babe might pass for ours ; and he left uur dwelli~gtTefusing, thoUgb it was \ate and stormy, a shelter for the Ilight. My wife immedialely Jooked OUt sume clolhe8 belonging lo a lillle girl we bad buried ; and on going 10 cbaDge \hoSe of tbe lite &tranger. which aet'med from it. maDe i

THE CASTLE SPECTRE. 3 to be damp, we were sh.ocked and strllck with borror, on removing that coverjng, to tind an attempt had been made on its life ; there was a wound on her tbroat, alld tbe Ilnder ~arments were spotted with blood. Angela received frori1 us parental care, and we looked on her as our own, nor did we suppose, year after year elapsing with')llt any notice being taken, tbat she would ~ver be claimed ; the mon~y we received with her prospered, and we regarded both it alld her as bles,ings sent from hea,en ; nor did we evt;r for a rnoment look on her as an incllmbrallce to ollr pros. pects, as I have heard of peoplc being wicked t:nol\gh to do in similar clrcumstances. Alas ! my lord, while you were gon~ to London. Angela ..a. taken from w. and we were told 111at sbe is Ihe dallghter -Qf-8ir. M~lcolm ~~wbray, dec..ased j ,vho on hi~ de~ed acknowledg""a her as-fi\schla;--and left her t() the gllardiansbip ot his dearest friend, ..:ar) O;;m,'nd, (Jf C(m\l.ay Cast!e, "bith..r ~he is removed solt:l;' ag3inlit her will, f()r tie and grandeur -had no effect on the dear gi,1. It was then. my lord, she re".eal~d to me her love f()r Edwy, and charged me witl} a tel}der Ines~age, should he seek my cotlage, fvr she sajd he had been ob)iged to go some miles henc~, al}d she daily expected his retllrn. Ah! noble P..rcy, wo"ld she had beel} your bride before thjs e\'ent, Il}en she had received safc protection; for both dame and I Ihigk tllis a strange story, and the more so, as the very \l}an wl}o brol1ght her here, is tlle one wl}o fetcllt:d her away ; and we lIave sil}ce learned that his name is Kenrick, a confidenlial dependant of the earl, which. collnected with Il}e woun'ed itate in which ,ve received her, does not look well. This accollnt made Earl Percy anxjolli and Ili\easy ; I}e withollt delay serJt a COl1rjerwitl} a let'er to 03mond 10 a~k ,the hand of Al}gela, but a positive del1ial was relurlled. The unh3ppy lover then set OUI in I}js peasant.8 dre~~ to Conway Ca~e. in hopes to obtail} an interview with his beloved. Ju~t a~ he arrived in sight of the wa\ls. he was so fortllnate a~ to enCO\\nter Gilb~rt. an old seryagt ofhis father, but now a relainer of Earl O~mond-he had received many favours from Percy, and was bDllnd to the noble yollth by firm grJtilllde. T~ earl made himse)f known to Gilbert, explained his love for Ange:a. and his wish ~o have ~n interview wilh her, preparalorY' to hi.i de111andmg her m person from hl!r gllardian. ! :'..As to your persona\ly 8eeing Earl Osmond .' rep'ied A3

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only person wbo has had an interview with him for many ,.earl. Kenrick, of whom be make. a sort of seeretary and .teward, is hil only companion: he i, attended by four black slaves, whom be brought with bim from beyond the seas ; and when he leayes his chamber, a belI rings to wam ali the other domestics out of the way: Ead Percy expressed his &urprise at tbis arrangement, and asked Gilbert if be had ever heard a causeassigned for it. ThIJ man answered. that he had indeed been told an ugly &tory b1 Father Phillip. the good bearted confessor f the castle) .. that 05mond.s elder brother Reginald, on his return from ~ the Scottish war&, was met by bis countes&Evelina and tbeir i chiJd, then not more than a year 01d, and a few attendantl } ; that when approaching the castle, they were alI attacked L~I and &lain by banditti, 8nd thelr bodie& flung into the ~ i Conway. whl'r~ they were wa&hed away by tbe rapid tide~ '; for they were ne\,er tound. One man alone esc8ped death) I and on his recovering from hi& wound&, be recognized one J ()f tbe assas&ins a dependant of O&mond, at least .o be I in ! ~SJertedj and. it was a fataI event for bim, for tbe next I ' mornil1g, be was found dead in his bed.. the.Osmond.. &31dPercy,my 10rd,. al1~wered Gilbert; .and murder.. .He was8 .was tbeDOfcourse suspectedof I ,

for a twotold cause-envy of his brother.& possessions,and spile for rejec'ed 10ve: for it Beems that the countess, r Lady E\elina Ne' ille. rejected hii hand, which "as 11nt r offered, aud tben accepted his brother.. i but it i. w hisi pert'd tbat be was inconiOlabl~ for her ~ath, aDd wal J1 freql1emly be3rd to calI 011bt'r Dame witb deep drawD 5ighsj ,L\ : perhap~ it was not his ".ish ihat sht &hoUldbaye beeD &Iajn :\i, from thal p~riod, tbe castle ha~ bet'n tb~ abode of melanChol). ; alld it I~ &aid tbat Lady Evelina comes night1y into the or;llory. w here &be used to pass most of her time in tbe absence of ber lord, and tend ber baby; and il heard to Billg and play 0:1 a guilar, wbich stilI layl there, a nursing song. eDding every verse"with Hu.h. hye lu"aby, 51eep dear. my 1.by rather I. cnmil1g,.l1d .oon will he here. and ihe il heard to rock the cradle with ber foot.' , Surely you do not believe, this,. $lid the incredul081 Percy. .No,' replied Gilbert. .no more tbaD I do that her husb3nd. Earl R~inald, oftentimelltalk. aboDt the castle iII

-.'THE CASTLE SPECTR'E. 7 -;(hearmODr he \\IOre in the warl. aDd which W8S fOUDdamong 'hil baggage after he was Ilain ; but B thoUght. my lord. has come across me that it may 'DOWlerve a purpose. I 'Will take y'!u into the arm6ury. yoU CBD dresl yourlelf in . .jt, aDd mouDt B pedestal. among some statues that are there; :Earl OsmoDd has BppoiDted that pIace to.night for a cooference with the Lady ADgela ; yOU can thus hear hil de-signs re8pecting her, and her seDtiment8 in retum; and afterward8. it il possible, obtaiD an interview with the fair one. The scheme wal approved. and Earl Percy had jl1lt time 'to pl3ce himself in the armol1r, when the ringing of a belI Bnnounced the approach of OsmoDd-he carne atteDded by Kenrick aDd tbe slaves. the latter of whom soon witbdrew.. KeDrick tben apprised Lord OsmoQd ( w bo had fiang himself on a sofa) tbat he wascerlain Earl Percy, whom he had recognized in 8pite of h;S disgDise, was 1l1rking about the castle. and he bad 3ls0 seen some of NorthumberlaDd.1 trooper8 eDter a wood. .I ml1~t e qDick in my measares, then,. 8aid 08mond ; 4 An~ela once mine, I can defy the world.' By tbeir dj.,; OCOl1rse, Percy gleaDed the iDformation that his belo~ed was -tbe daDghter of Earl Reginald, and bis Coun!ess Evelina ; that Kenrick had ofteD been sent as a spy over ber, and in her 10ver Edwy , 80.WaICh(ul bad ht: been, he h'ld di5CO\.ered. bT tracing his Ileps. lhe heir of Alnwick Caslle. So powerful al1 Bllial~ce as Ihis wouJd proVe, aJarmed 03mond, lest Earl Percy m:ghl hear AIlan..i stor1. Bl1d al1 unplea5ant investiga,i()n tBke plBce: though if Kenrick rem3ined faitbful no olle eJ,;e was in posse5sion of proof~. t)f tbi, man. owing 10bii knowledge ofhi" crime, Osmond had long been tire(l, al1dhad given cbarge 10 ,aib, 011e ofthe hlack!l, to seiM tbe first convenient opponUnil}', to remove bim b.v .iubtle poi80n, w..h)~~twe.slave wt:" knew hoW to prepare; but he now lavi~Yil'rt'~r~ii'e8on him .I have lo Ihank yoU: laid he. .g()(ld K~nrick. fi)r p.evt'nt;ng me taking AngeJa.8 Jife. wheD my d~gger Ihirsled for her blood ; ;,nd next lor bringjDg her hllher; she hai w:lkent'd my heart to 10ve. and a wjsh for COnlil1Dt'de1Ci,t..nce Sbe is Ihe tirsl Pf'rII. n on ~hoRl I.have Jooked wilh I;lea~ure filr m.my yea"; ..lle is the lmage ot my all()red Kvelin;t ; I 1lllend~d belort: I bei1eld her .as you wl:Il knew. a tar diff~rent tate. bl11DOW sh~ mu.t and shall be mine; then welCOIDcbliss. and for tW you lhal1 bave lour reward:

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