Love in Excess;

or the
Fatal Enquiry.

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Love in Excess;

or the
Fatal Enquiry,


-------In vain from Fate we fly, For first or last, as all must die So ’tis as much decreed above That first or last, we all must love. Lansdown.
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Printed for W. Chetwood, at Cato’s-Head in Russel-
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at the Sun against St. Dunstan’s Church in Fleet-street;
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To Mrs. Oldfield.


There is not any thing can excuse this presumption, but my Intention in doing it. If you please to call to mind your late A2 Good- A2v ii Goodness to me, you’ll find it requires my utmost acknowledgment.

But good Actions from you are like ill ones from others, no sooner done, than forgot. I might Expatiate on the many Beauties of your Mind and Person, but it wou’d be like telling the World ’twere broad Day at Noon,

The Author of the following Lines is a young Lady, whose greatest Pride is in the Patroness I have chose her; but she’s fearful in not pleasing one who I am well assur’d is A3r iii is a real Critick without their Ill Nature.

I shan’t here mention the many Authors that have been oblig’d to you by the Amendments in your Inimitable Performances. I wou’d only advise ’em for the future to give you but the Plan of what they wou’d have said, and leave the rest to you.

I shall think my self very Happy if I cou’d have it to say the reading these following Lines had fill’d up the Casma of one of your vacant Hours. But I must not Offend, in endeavouring to Excuse myself; I A3v iv I only beg you’ll accept this, from your

Most Faithful, Obedient Humble Servant,

W. Chetwood.

Love B1r

Love in Excess: or, The Fatal Enquiry.

Part the First.

In the late War between the French and the Confederate Armies, there were two Brothers, who had acquir’d a more than ordinary Reputation under the Command of the great and intrepid Luxembourgh. But the Conclusion of the Peace taking away any further Occasions of shewing their Valour, the Eldest of ’em, whose Name was Count D’elmont, return’d to Paris, from whence he had been absent two Years, leaving his Brother at St. Omer’s, ’till the Cure of some slight Wounds were perfected.

The Fame of the Count’s brave Actions arriv’d before him, and he had the satisfaction of being receiv’d by the King and Court, after a Manner that might gratifie the Ambition of the B proudest B1v 2 proudest. The Beauty of his Person, the Gaity of his Air, and the unequal’d Charms of his Conversation, made him the Admiration of both Sexes; and whilst those of his own strove which shou’d gain the largest share in his Friendship; the other, vented fruitless Wishes, and in secret, curss’d that Custom which forbids Women to make a Declaration of their Thoughts. Amongst the Number of these was Alovisa, a Lady Descended (by the Father’s side) from the Noble Family of the D’ La Tours formerly Lord of Beujey, and (by her Mothers) from the equally Illustrious House of Montmorency. The late Death of her Parents had left her co- heiress (with her Sister,) of a vast Estate.

AloisaAlovisa, if her Passion was not greater than the rest, her Pride, and the good Opinion she had of her self, made her the less able to support it; she sigh’d, she burn’d, she rag’d, when she perceiv’d the Charming D’elmont behav’d himself toward her with no mark of a Distinguishing affection. What (said she) have I beheld without Concern a thousand Lovers at my Feet, and shall the only Man I ever endeavour’d or wish’d to Charm, regard me with indifference? Wherefore has the agreeing World joyn’d with my Deceitful Glass to flatter me into a vain belief I had invincible Attractions? D’elmont sees ’em not, D’elmont is insensible. Then wou’d she fall into Ravings, sometimes cursing her own want of Power, sometimes the Coldness of D’elmont. Many Days she pass’d in these Inquietudes, and every time she saw him (which was very frequently either at Court, at Church, or publick Meetings,) she found fresh Matter for B2r 3 for her troubled Thoughts to work upon: When on any occasion he happen’d to speak to her, it was with that softness in his Eyes, and that engaging tenderness in his Voice, as would half persuade her that, that God had touch’d his Heart, which so powerfully had Influenc’d hers; but if a glimmering of such a hope gave her a Pleasure inconceivable, how great were the ensuing Torments, when she observ’d those Looks and Accents were but the Effects of his natural Complaisance, and that to whom soever he Address’d, he carry’d an equality in his Behaviour, which sufficiently evinc’d his Hour was not yet come to feel those Pains he gave; and if the afflicted fair ones found any Consolation, it was in the reflection that no Triumphant Rival could boast a Conquest; each now despair’d of gaining. But the impatient Alovisa disdaining to be rank’d with those, whom her Vanity made her consider as infinitely her Inferiors, suffer’d her self to be agitated almost to Madness between the two Extreams of Love and Indignation; a thousand Chimeras came into her Head, and sometimes prompted her to discover the Sentiments she had in his favour: But these Resolutions were rejected, almost as soon as form’d, and she could not fix on any for a long time; ’till at last, Love (ingenious in Invention,) inspir’d her with one, which probably might let her into the Secrets of his Heart, without the shame of revealing her own.

The Celebration of Madam the Dutchess of Burgundy’s Birth-day being to be Solemniz’d with great Magnificence, she writ this Billet to him on the Night before.

B2 To B2v 4

To Count D’elmont.

Resistless as you are in War, you are much more so in Love: Here you Conquer without making an Attack, and we Surrender before youyour Summons; the Law of Arms obliges you to show Mercy to an yielding Enemy, and sure the Court cannot inspire less generous Sentiments than the Field. The little God lays down his Arrows at your Feet, confesses your superior Power, and begs a friendly Treatment; he will appear to you to morrow Night at the Ball, in the Eyes of the most passionate of all his Voteresses; search therefore for him in Her, in whom (amongst that bright Assembly) you would most desire to find Him; I am confident you have too much penetration to miss of him, if not byass’d by a former Inclination, and in that Hope, I shall, (as patiently as my Expectations will let me) support till then, the tedious Hours.


This she sent by a Trusty Servant, and so disguis’d, that it was impossible for him to be known, with a strict Charge to deliver it to the Count’s own Hands, and come away before he had read it; the Fellow perform’d her Orders exactly, and when the Count who was not a little surpriz’d at the first opening it, ask’d for the Messenger, and commanded he shou’d be stay’d; his Gentleman (who then was waiting in his Chamber,) told him he ran down stairs with all the speed imaginable, immediately on his Lordship’s receiving it. D’elmont having never experienc’d the force of Love, could not presently comprehend the Truth of B3r 5 of this Adventure; at first he imagin’d some of his Companions had caus’d this Letter to be writ, either to sound his Inclinations, or upbraid his little disposition to Gallantry; but these Cogitations soon gave place to others; and tho’ he was not very vain, yet he found it no difficulty to persuade himself to an Opinion that it was possible for a Lady to distinguish him from other Men. Nor did he find any thing so displeasing in that Thought as might make him endeavour to repell it; the more he consider’d his own Perfections, the more he was confirm’d in his belief, but who to fix it on, he was at a loss as much as ever; he then began to reflect on all the Discourses and little Railleries that had pass’d between him and the Ladies whom he had convers’d with since his Arrival, but cou’d find nothing in any of ’em of Consequence enough to make him guess at the Person. He spent great part of the Night in Thoughts very different from those he was accustom’d to, the Joy which naturally rises from the Knowledge ’tis in ones pow’r to give it, gave him Notions which till then he was a Stranger to; he began to consider a Mistress as an agreeable, as well as fashionable amusemement, and resolv’d not to be Cruel.

In the mean time poor Alovisa was in all the anxiety imaginable, she counted every Hour, and thought ’em Ages, and at the first dawn of Day she rose, and calling up her Women, who were amaz’d to find her so uneasie, she employ’d ’em in placing her Jewels on her Cloaths to the best Advantage, while she consulted her Glass after what Manner she should Dress, her Eyes, the gay, the languishing, the sedate, the commanding, the beseeching Air were put on, a thousand B3v 6 thousand times, and as often rejected; and she had scarce determin’d which to make use of, when her Page brought her word, some Ladies who were going to Court desir’d her to Accompany them; she was too impatient not to be willing to be one of the first, so went immediately, arm’d with all her Lightnings, but full of unsettled Reflections. She had not been long in the Drawing Room, before it grew very full of Company, but D’elmont not being amongst ’em, she had her Eyes fix’d toward the Door, expecting every Moment to see him enter; but how impossible is it to represent her Confusion, when he appear’d leading the young Amena, Daughter to Monsieur Sanseverin, a Gentleman, who tho’ he had a very small Estate, and many Children, had by a partial Indulgence, too common among Parents, neglecting the rest, maintain’d this Darling of his Heart in all the pomp of Quality—The Beauty and Sweetness of this Lady was present Death to Alovisa’s Hopes; she saw, or fancy’d she saw an unusual joy in her Eyes, and dying Love in his; Disdain, Despair, and Jealousie at once crowded into her Heart, and swell’d her almost to bursting; and ’twas no wonder that the violence of such terrible Emotions kept her from regarding the Discourses of those stood by her, or the Devoirs that D’elmont made as he pass’d by, and at length threw her into a Swoon; the Ladies ran to her assistance, and her charming Rival, being one of her particular Acquaintance, shew’d an extraordinary assiduity in applying Means for her relief; they made what hast they cou’d to get her into another Room, and unfasten her Robe, but were a great while before they could bring her to her self; and when they did, the shame of having been so disorder’d in such an B4r 7 an Assembly, and the fears of their suspecting the Occasion, added to her former Agonies, and rack’d her with most terrible revulsions, every one now despairing of her being able to assist at that Night’s Entertainment, she was put into her Chair, in order to be carry’d Home, Amena who little thought how unwelcome she was grown, would needs have one call’d, and Accompanyd her thither, in spight of the Intreaties of D’elmont, who had before engag’d her for his Partner in Dancing; not that he was in Love with her, or at that time believ’d he cou’d be touch’d with a Passion which he esteem’d a Trifle in it self, and below the dignity of a Man of Sense; but Fortune (to whom this Lady no less enamour’d than Alovisa) had made a thousand Invocations, seem’d to have allotted her the glory of his first Addresses; she was getting out of her Chariot just as he alighted from his, and offering her his Hand, he perceiv’d hers trembled, which engaging him to look upon her more earnestly than he was wont, he immediately fancy’d he saw something of that languishment in her Eyes, which the obliging mandate had describ’d. Amena was too lovely to make that belief disagreeable, and he resolv’d on the beginnings of an Amour, without giving himself the trouble of considering the Consequences; the Evening being extreamly pleasant, he ask’d if she wou’d not favour him so far as to take a turn or two with him in the Palace-Garden, She who desir’d nothing more than such a particular Conversation, was not at all backward of complying; he talk’d to her there for some time in a manner as could leave her no room to doubt he was intirely Charm’d, and ’twas the air such an Entertain- B4v 8 Entertainment had left on both their Faces, as produc’d those sad Effects in the jealous Alovisa. She was no sooner led to her Apartment, but she desir’d to be put to Bed, and the good natur’d Amena, who really had a very great kindness for her, offer’d to quit the Diversions of the Ball, and stay with her all Night; but unfortunate Alovisa was not in a Condition to endure the presence of any, especially her, so put her off as civilly as her Anxiety would give her leave, chusing rather to suffer her return to the Ball, than retain so hateful an Object (as she was now become) in her sight; and ’tis likely the other was not much troubled at her Refusal. But how, (when left alone, and abandon’d to the Whirlwinds of her Passion,) the desperate Alovisa behav’d, none but those, who like her, have burn’d in hopeless Fires can guess, the most lively Description wou’d come far short of what she felt; she rav’d, she tore her Hair and Face, and in the extremity of her Anguish was ready to lay violent Hands on her own Life. In this Tempest of Mind, she continu’d for some time, ’till at length rage beginning to dissipate it self in Tears, made way for cooler Considerations; and her natural Vanity resuming its Empire in her Soul, was of no little service to her on this Occasion. Why am I thus disturb’d? mean Spirited as I am! said she, D’elmont is ignorant of the Sentiments I am possess’d with in his favour; and perhaps ’tis only want of Incouragement that has so long depriv’d me of my Lover; my Letter bore no certain mark by which he might distinguish me, and who knows what Arts that Creature might make use of to allure him. I will therefore (pursu’d she, with a more cheerful Countenance) direct his erringring C1r 9 ring Search. As she was in this Thought, (happily for her, who else might have relaps’d,) her Women who were waiting in the next Room, came in to know if she wanted any thing; yes, answer’d she, with a Voice and Eyes wholly chang’d; I’ll rise, one of you help me on with my Cloaths, and let the other send Charlo to me, I have instant Business with him. ’Twas in vain for ’em to represent to her the prejudice it might be to her Health to get out of her Bed at so unseasonable an hour, it being then just Midnight: They knew her too absolute a Mistress not to be obey’d, and executed her Commands, without disputing the Reason. She was no sooner ready, than Charlo was introduc’d, who being the same Person that carry’d the Letter to D’elmont, guess’d what Affair he was to be concern’d in, and shut the Door after him. I commend your Caution, said his Lady, for what I now am going to trust you with is of more concernment than my Life. The Fellow bow’d, and made a thousand protestations of an eternal Fidelity. I doubt it not, resum’d she, go then immediately to the Court, ’tis not impossible but in this hurry you may get into the Drawing Room; but if not, make some pretence to stay as near it as you can ’till the Ball be over; listen carefully to all Discourses where you hear Count D’elmont’s mention’d, enquire who he Dances with, and above all watch what Company he comes out with, and bring me an exact account. Go, continu’d she hastily, these are all the Orders I have for you to Night, but to Morrow I shall employ you farther. Then turning to her Escritore, she sat down, and began to prepare a second Letter, which she hop’d wou’d be more lucky than the former. She was not C long C1v 10 long writing, Love, and Wit, suggested a world of passionate and agreeable Expressions to her in a Moment; but when she had finish’d this so full a Discovery of her Heart, and was about to sign her Name to it, not all that Passion which had inspir’d her with a resolution to sruple nothing that might advance the compassing her Wishes, nor the Vanity which assur’d her of success, were forcible enough to withstand the shock it gave her Pride; No, let me rather die! (said she, starting up, and frighted at her own Designs) then be guilty of a meanness which wou’d render me unworthy of Life, Oh! Heavens to offer Love, and poorly sue for Pity! ’tis insupportable! What bewitch’d me to harbour such a thought as even the vilest of my Sex would blush at? To pieces then (added she tearing the Paper) to pieces, with this shameful witness of my folly, my furious desires may be the destruction of my Peace, but never of my Honour, that shall still attend my Name when Love and Life are fled. She continu’d in this Temper (without being able to compose her self to rest,) till Day began to appear, and Charlo return’d with News which confirm’d her most dreaded suspicions. He told her that he had gain’d admittance to the Drawing Room several times, under pretence of delivering Messages to some of the Ladies; that the whole Talk among ’em was, that D’elmont was no longer insensible of Beauty; that he observ’d that Gentleman in very particular Conference with Amena, and that he waited on her Home in his Chariot, her own not being in the way. I know it, said Alovisa (walking about in a disorder’d motion) I did not doubt but that I was undone, and to my other Miseries, have that of beinging C2r 11 ing aiding to my Rival’s Happiness: Whatever his Desires were, he carefully conceal’d ’em, ’till my cursed Letter prompted a Discovery; tenacious as I was, and too, too confident of this little Beauty! Here she stop’d, and wiping away some Tears which in spight of her ran down her Cheeks gave Charlo leave to ask if she had any more Commands for him. Yes, (answer’d she,) I will write once more to this undiscerning Man, and let him know, ’tis not Amena that is worthy of him; that I may do without prejudicing my Fame, and ’twill be at least some easement to my Mind to undeceive the Opinion he may have conceiv’d of her Wit, for I am almost confident she passes for the Authoress of those Lines which have been so fatal to me; in speaking this, without any further Thought, she once more took her Pen and wrote these Words.

To Count D’elmont.

If Ambition be a Fault, ’tis only in those who have not a sufficient stock of Merit to support it; too much Humility is a greater in you, whose Person and Qualities are too admirable; not to render any Attempt you shall make justifiable, as well as successul. Heaven when it distinguish’d you in so particular a manner from the rest of Mankind, design’d you not for vulgar Conquests, and you cannot without a manifest Contradiction to its Will, and an irreparable injury to your self, make a present of that C2 Heart C2v 12 Heart to Amena, when one, of at least an equal Beauty, and far superior in every other Consideration, would sacrifice all to purchase the glorious Trophy. Continue then no longer in a willful Ignorance, aim at a more exalted flight, and you will find it no difficulty to discover who she is that languishes, and almost dies for an opportunity of confessing (without too great a breach of Modesty) that her Soul, and all the Faculties of it, are, and must be

Eternally Yours,

This she gave to Charlo, to deliver with the same Caution as the former; but he was scarce got out of the House before a new fear assaulted her, and she repented her uncircumspection. What have I done! cry’d she, who knows but D’elmont may shew these Letters to Amena, she is perfectly acquainted with my Hand, and I shall be the most expos’d and wretched Woman, in the World. Thus Industrious was she in forming Notions to Torment her self; nor indeed was there any thing of improbability in this Conjecture. There are too many ungenerous enough to boast such an Adventure; but D’elmont tho’ he would have given good part of his Estate to satisfie his Curiosity, yet chose rather to remain in a perpetual Ignorance, than make use of any Means that might be disadvantageous to the Ladies Reputation. He now perceiv’d his Mistake, and that it was not Amena who had taken that Method to engage him, and possibly was not disgusted to find she had a Rival of such Merit, as the Letter intimated. However he had said too many fine Things to her to be lost, and thought it as inconsistent with his Honours Inclination to desist C3r 13 desist a Pursuit in which he had all the reason in the World to assure himself of Victory; for the young Amena (little vers’d in the art of Dissimulation, so necessary to her Sex,) cou’d not conceal the pleasure she took in his Addresses, and without even a seeming reluctancy had given him a promise of meeting him the next Day in the Tuilleries; nor cou’d all his unknown Mistress had writ, perswade him to miss this Assignation, nor let that be succeeded with another, and that by a third, and so on, ’till by making a shew of Tenderness he began to fancy himself really touch’d with a passion he only design’d to represent. ’Tis certain this way of Fooling rais’d Desires in him little different from what is commonly call’d Love; and made him redouble his Attacks in such a manner, as Amena stood in need of all her Vertue to resist; but as much as she thought her self oblig’d to resent such Attempts, yet he knew so well how to Excuse himself, and lay the blame on the violence of his Passion, that he was still too Charming, and too Dear to her not to be forgiven. Thus was Amena (by her too generous and open Temper) brought to the very brink of Ruin, and D’elmont was possibly contriving means to compleat it, when her Page brought him this Letter,

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To Count D’elmont.

Some Malicious Persons have endeavour’d to make the little Conversation I have had with you, appear as Criminal; therefore to put a stop to all such Aspersions, I must for the future deny my self the Honour of your Visits, unless Commanded to receive ’em by my Father, who only has the Power of Disposing of


The Consternation he was in at the reading these Lines, so very different from her former Behaviour, is more easily imagin’d than express’d, ’till casting his Eyes on the Ground, he saw a small Note, which in the opening of this, had fallen out of it, which he hastily took up, and found it contain’d these words.

I guess the surprize my lovely Friend is in, but have not Time now to unriddle the Mystery; I beg you will be at your Lodgings towards the Evening, and I will invent a way to send to you.

’Twas now that D’elmont began to find there were Embarrasments in an Intriegue of this Nature, which he had not foreseen, and stay’d at Home all Day, impatiently expecting the clearing of an Affair which at present seem’d so ambiguous. When it grew a little Duskish, his Gentleman brought in a young Woman, whom he immediately knew to be Anaret, an Attendant on Amena; and when he had made her C4r 15 her sit down, told her he hop’d she was come to make an Eclaircisment, which would be very obliging to him, and therefore desir’d she wou’d not defer it.

My Lord, said she, ’tis with an unspeakable Trouble I discharge that Trust my Lady has repos’d in me, in giving you a Relation of her Misfortunes; but not to keep you longer in a suspence, which I perceive is very uneasie to you; I shall acquaint you, that soon after you were gone, my Lady came up into her Chamber, where as I was preparing to Undress her, we heard Monsieur Sanseverin in an angry Tone ask where his Daughter was? and being told she was above, we immediately saw him enter, with a Countenance so enflam’d, as put us both in a mortal apprehension. An ill use, (said he to her) have you made of my Indulgence, and the Liberty I have allow’d you! cou’d neither the Considerations of the Honour of your Family, your own Reputation, nor my eternal Repose, deter you from such imprudent Actions, as you cannot be ignorant must be the inevitable ruin of ’em all. My poor Lady was too much surpriz’d at these cruel Words, to be able to make any Answer to ’em, and stood trembling, and almost fainting, while he went on with his Discourse. Was it consistent with the Niceties of your Sex, said he, or with the Duty you owe me, to receive the Addresses of a Person whose Pretensions I was a Stranger to? If the Count D’elmont has any that are Honourable, wherefore are they conceal’d? The Count D’elmont! (cry’d my Lady, more frighted than before) never made any Declarations to me worthy of your Knowledge, nor did C4v 16 did I ever entertain him otherwise, than might become your Daughter. ’Tis false, (interrupted he furiously) I am but too well inform’d of the contrary; nor has the most private of your shameful Meetings escap’d my Ears! Judge, Sir, in what a confusion my Lady was in at this Discourse; ’twas in vain, she muster’d all her Courage to perswade him from giving Credit to an Intelligence so injurious to her, he grew the more enrag’d, and after a thousand Reproaches, flung out of the Room with all the marks of a most violent Indignation. But though your Lordship is too well acquainted with the Mildness of Amena’s Disposition, not to believe she could bear the Displeasure of a Father (who had always most tenderly lov’d her,) with indifference, yet ’tis impossible for you to imagine in what an excess of Sorrow she was plung’d, she found every passage of her ill Conduct (as she was pleas’d to call it) was betray’d, and did not doubt but whoever had done her that ill Office to her Father, wou’d take care the Discovery should not be confin’d to him alone. Grief; Fear, Remorse, and Shame by turns assaulted her, and made her incapable of Consolation; even the soft Pleas of Love were Silenc’d by their Tumultuous Clamours, and for a Time she consider’d your Lordship in no other view than that of her Undoer. How! cry’d D’elmont (interrupting her) cou’d my Amena, who I thought all sweetness judge so harshly of me. Oh! my Lord, resum’d Anaret, you must forgive those first Emotions, which as violent as they were, wanted but your presence to dissipate in a Moment; and if your Idea had not presently that Power, it lost no Honour by having Foes to struggle with, since at D1r 17 at last it put ’em all to flight, and gain’d so entire a Victory, that before Morning, of all her Troubles, scarce any but the fears of losing you remain’d. And I must take the Liberty to assure your Lordship, my Endeavours were not wanting to establish a resolution in her to despise every thing for Love and you. But to be as brief as I can in my Relation; the Night was no sooner gone, than Monsieur her Father came into the Chamber, with a Countenance, tho’ more compos’d than that with which he left us, yet with such an Heir of Austerity, as made my timerous Lady lose most of the Spirit she had assum’d for this Encounter. I come not now Amena, said he, to upbraid or punish your Disobedience, if you are not wholly abandon’d by your Reason, your own Reflections will be sufficiently your Tormentors. But to put you in a way, (if not to clear your Fame, yet to take away all occasion of future Calumny,) you must write to Count D’elmont.

I Will have no Denials continu’d he, (seeing her about to speak) and leading her to her Escritore, constrain’d her to write what he dictated, and you receiv’d; just as she was going to Seal it, a Servant brought word that a Gentleman desir’d to speak with Monsieur Sansevarin, he was oblig’d to step into another Room, and that absence gave her an opportunity of writing a Note, which she dextrously slip’d into the Letter, unperceiv’d by her Father at his return, who little suspecting what she had done, sent it away immediately. Now, said he, we shall be able to judge the sincerity of the Count’s Affections, but till then I shall take care to prove my self a PerfonD fon D1v 18 fon not difinterefted in the Honour of my Family. As he spoke these words, he took her by the Hand, and conducting her thro’ his own into a little Chamber (which he had order’d to be made ready for that purpose) shut her into it; I follow’d to the Door, and seconded my Lady in her Desires, that I might be permitted to attend her there; but all in vain, he told me, he doubted not but that I had been her Confident in this Affair, and order’d me to quit his House in a few Days. As soon as he was gone out, I went into the Garden, and saunter’d up and down a good while, hoping to get an Opportunity of speaking to my Lady thro’ the Window, for I knew there was one that look’d into it; but not seeing her, I bethought me of getting a little Stick, with which I knock’d gently against the Glass, and engag’d her to open it. As soon as she perceiv’d me a Beam of Joy brighten’d in her Eyes, and glisten’d thro’ her Tears. Dear Anaret, said she, how kindly do I take this proof of thy Affection, ’tis only in thy Power to alleviate my Misfortunes, and thou I know art come to offer thy Assistance. Then, after I had assur’d her of my willingness to serve her in any command, she desir’d me to wait on you with an account of all had happen’d, and to give you her Vows of an Eternal Love. My Eyes, said she weeping, perhaps may ne’er behold him more, but Imagination shall supply that want, and from my Heart he never shall be absent. Oh! do not talk thus, cry’d the Count, extreamly touch’d at this Discourse. I must, I will see her, nothing shall hold her from me. You may, answer’d Anaret, but then it must be with the approbation of Monsieur Sansevarin, he will be proud to receive you D2r 19 you in Quality of a Suitor to his Daughter, and ’tis only to oblige you to a publick Declaration that he takes these Measures. D’elmont was not perfectly pleas’d with these Words; he was too quick sighted not to perceive immediately what Monsieur Sanseverin drove at, but as well as he lik’d Amena, found no inclination in himself to Marry her, and therefore was not desirous of an Explanation of what he resolv’d not to seem to understand. He walk’d two or three turns about the Room, endeavouring to conceal his Disgust, and when he had so well overcome the shock, as to banish all visible Tokens of it, I would willingly said he coldly, come into any proper Method for the obtaining the Person of Amena, as well as her Heart; but there are certain Reasons for which I cannot make a Discovery of my Designs to her Father, ’till I have first spoken with her. My Lord, reply’d the subtle Anaret (easily guessing at his Meaning) I wish to Heaven there were a possibility of your Meeting; there is nothing I would not risque to forward it, and if your Lordship can think of any way in which I may be serviceable to you, in this short Time I am allow’d to stay in the Family, I beg you would command me. She spoke this with an Air as made the Count believe she really had it in her power to serve him in this Occasion, and presently hit on the surest means to bind her to his Interest. You are very obliging, said he, and I doubt not but your Ingenuity is equal to your good Nature, therefore will leave the Contrivance of my Happiness entirely to you; and that you may not think your Care bestow’d on an ungrateful Person, be pleas’d (continu’d he, giving her a Purse of Lewis-Dor’s) to accept this small D2v 20 small Earnest of my future Friendship. Anaret, like most of her Function, was too mercinary to resist such a Temptation, tho’ it had been given her to betray the Honour of her whole Sex; and after a little pause, reply’d, Your Lordship is too generous to be refus’d, tho’ in a Matter of the greatest Difficulty, as indeed this is; for in the strict Confinement my Lady is, I know no way but one, and that extreamly hazardous to her; however, I do not fear but my Perswasions, joyn’d with her own Desires, will influence her to attempt it. Your Lordship knows we have a little Door at the farther end of the Garden, that opens into the Tuillerys. I do, cry’d D’elmont interrupting her, I have several times parted from my Charmer there, when my Entreaties have prevail’d with her to stay longer with me than she wou’d have the Family to take notice of. I hope to order the Matter so, resum’d Anaret, that it shall be the Scene this Night of a most happy Meeting. My Lady unknown to her Father has the Key of it, she can throw it to me from her Window, and I can open it to you, who must be walking near it, about Twelve or One a Clock, for by that time every body will be in Bed. But what will that avail, cry’d Delmont hastily; since she lies within her Father’s Chamber, where ’tis impossible to pass without alarming him. You Lovers are so impatient rejoyn’d Anaret smiling, I never design’d you should have Entrance there, tho’ the Window is so low, that a Person of your Lordship’s Stature and Agility might mount it with a Galliard step, but I suppose it will turn to as good an account, if your Mistress by my Assistance gets out of it. But can she, interrupted he, will she dost thou think D3r 21 think, fear it not. My Lord, reply’d she, be but punctual to the Hour Amena shall be yours, if Love, Wit and Opportunity have power to make her so. D’elmont was transported with this Promise, and the thoughts of what he expected to possess by her means, rais’d his Imagination to so high a pitch, as he cou’d not forbear kissing and embracing her with such Raptures as might not have been very pleasing to Amena, had she been witness of ’em. But Anaret who had other things in her Head than Gallantry, disengag’d her self from him as soon as she cou’d, taking more satisfaction in forwarding an Affair in which she propos’d so much advantage, than in the Caresses of the most accomplish’d Gentleman in the World.

When she came Home she found every thing as she cou’d wish, Monsieur Abroad, and his Daughter at the Window, impatiently watching her return, she told her as much of the Discourse she had with the Count as she thought proper, extolling his Love and Constancy, and carefully concealing all she thought might give an umbrage to her Vertue. But in spight of all the Artifice she made use of, she found it no easie matter to perswade her to get out of the Window; the fears she had of being discover’d, and more expos’d to her Father’s Indignation, and the Censure of the World, damp’d her Inclinations, and made her deaf to the eager Sollicitations of this unfaithful Woman. As they were Disputing, some of the Servants hap’ning to come into the Garden, oblig’d ’em to break off, and Anaret retir’d, not totally despairing of compassing her Designs, when the appointed Hour should arrive, and D3v 22 andand Amena should know the Darling Object of her Wishes was so near. Nor did her Hopes deceive her, the Resolutions of a Lover, when made against the interest of the Person belov’d, are but of a short duration; and this unhappy Fair was no sooner left alone, and had leisure to Contemplate on the Graces of the charming D’elmont, but Love plaid his part with such Success, as made her repent she had chid Anaret for her Proposal, and wish’d for nothing more than an Opportunity to tell her so. She pass’d several hours in Disquietudes she had never known before, till at last she heard her Father come into the next Room to go to Bed, and soon after somebody knock’d softly at the Window, she immediately open’d it, and perceived by the Light of the Moon which then shone very bright, that it was Anaret, she had not patience to listen to the long Speech the other had prepar’d to perswade her, but putting her Head as far as she could to prevent being heard by her Father. Well Anaret, said she, where is this Adventurous Lover, what is it he requires of me? Oh! Madam, reply’d she, overjoy’d at the compliable Humour she found her in, he is now at the Garden Door, there’s nothing wanting but your Key to give him Entrance; what farther he requests himself shall tell you, Oh Heavens! cry’d Amena searching her Pockets, and finding she had it not; I am undone, I have left it in my Cabinet in the Chamber where I us’d to lie. These words made Anaret at her Wits end, she knew there was no possibility of fetching it, there being so many Rooms to go thro’ she ran to the Door, and endeavour’d to push back the Lock, but had not strength; she then knew not what to do, she was sure D’elmontmont D4r 23 mont was on the other side, and fear’d he would resent this usage to the disappointment of all her mercenary Hopes, and durst not call to acquaint him with this misfortune for fear of being heard. As for Amena, she now was more sensible than ever of the violence of her Inclinations, by the extream vexation this Disappointment gave her: Never did People pass a Night in greater uneasiness, than these three; the Count who was naturally impatient could not bear a balk of this nature without the utmost chagrin. Amena languish’d, and Anaret fretted to Death, tho’ she resolv’d to leave no Stone unturn’d to set all right again. Early in the Morning she went to his Lodgings, and found him in a very ill Humour, but she easily pacify’d him, by representing with a great deal of real Grief, the Accident that retarded his Happiness, and assuring him there was nothing cou’d hinder the fulfilling it. The next Night, when she had gain’d this Point, she came Home, and got the Key into her possession, but could not get an opportunity all Day of speaking to her Lady, Monsieur Sanseverin did not stir out of Doors, and spent most of it with his Daughter; in his Discourse to her, he set the Passion the Count had for her in so true a light, that it made a very great alteration in her Sentiments, and she began to reflect on the condescensions she had given a Man who had never so much as mention’d Marriage to her with so much shame, as almost overwhelm’d her Love, and she was now determin’d never to see him, till he should declare himself to her Father in such a manner as would be for her Honour.

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In the mean time Anaret waited with a great deal of Impatience for the Family going to Bed; and as soon as all was hush, ran to give the Count Admittance; and leaving him in an Alley on the farther side of the Garden, made the accustom’d Sign at the Window. Amena presently open’d it, but instead of staying to hear what she would say, threw a Letter out, Carry that, said she, to Count D’elmont, let him know the Contents of it are wholly the result of my own Reason. And as for your part, I charge you trouble me no further on this Subject; then shutting the Casement hastily, left Anaret in a strange Consternation at this suddain Change of her Humour; however she made no delay, but running to the Place where the Count waited her return, deliver’d him the Letter, but advis’d him (who was ready enough of himself) not to obey any Commands might be given him to the hindrance of his Designs. The Moon was then at the full, and gave so clear a Light, that he easily found it contain’d these Words.

To E1r 25

To Count D’elmont.

Too many Proofs have I given you of my weakness, not to make you think me incapable of forming or keeping any Resolution to the Prejudice of that Passion you have inspir’d me with: But know, thou Undoer of my Quiet, tho’ I have Lov’d and still do Love you with a Tenderness, which I fear will be Unvanquishable; yet I will rather suffer my Life, than my Virtue to become its Prey. Press me then no more I conjure you to such dangerous Interviews, in which I dare neither Trust my Self, nor You, if you believe me worthy your real Regard, the way thro’ Honour is open to receive You; Religion, Reason, Modesty, and Obedience forbid the rest.


D’elmont knew the Power he had over her too well, to be much discourag’d at what he read, and after a little consultation with Anaret, they concluded he should go to speak to her, as being the best Sollicitor in his own Cause. As he came down the Walk Amena saw him thro’ the Glass, and the sight of that beloved Object, bringing a thousand past Endearments to her Memory, made her incapable of retiring from the Window, and she remain’d in a Languishing and Immoveable posture, leaning her Head against the shutter, ’till he drew near enough to discern she saw him. He took this for no ill Omen, and instead of falling on his Knees at an humble distance, as some Romantick Lovers would have done, redoubled his pace, and Love and Fortune which on this Occasion were resolv’d to befriend him, presented to E his E1v 26 his view a large Rolling Stone which the Gard’ner had accidentally left there; the Iron-work that held it was very high, and strong enough to bear a much greater weight than his, so he made no more to do, but getting on the top of it, was almost to the waste above the bottom of the Casement. This was a strange Trial, for had she been less in Love, good Manners would have oblig’d her to open it; however she retain’d so much of her former resolution as to conjure him to be gone, and not expose her to such Hazards; that if her Father should come to know she held any clandestine Correspondence with him, after the Commands he had given her, she were utterly undone, and that he never must expect any Condescensions from her, without being first allow’d by him. D’elmont, tho’ he was a little startled to find her so much more Mistress of her Temper than he believ’d she cou’d be, yet resolv’d to make all possible use of this Opportunity, which probably might be the last he should ever have, look’d on her as she spoke, with Eyes so piercing, so sparkling with Desire accompany’d with so bewitching softness, as might have thaw’d the most frozen reservedness, and on the melting Soul stamp’d Love’s Impression. ’Tis certain they were to irresistible to be long withstood, and putting an end to Amena’s grave remonstrances, gave him leave to reply to ’em in this manner. Why my Life, my Angel, said he, my everlasting Treasure of my Soul, should these Objections now be rais’d? how can you say you have given me your Heart; nay, own you think me worthy that inestimable Jewel, yet dare not trust your Person with me a few Hours: What have you to fear from your adoring Slave, I want but to convince you how E2r 27 how much I am so, by a thousand yet uninvented Vows. They may be spar’d, cry’d Amena, hastily interrupting him, one Declaration to my Father, is all the proof that he or I demands of your Sincerity. Oh! thou inhuman and Tyrannick Charmer, answer’d he (seizing her Hand, and eagerly kissing it) I doubt not but your faithful Anaret has told you, that I cou’d not without the highest imprudence presently discover the Passion I have for you to the World. I have, my Lord, said that cunning Wench who stood near him, and that ’twas only to acquaint her with the Reasons why for some time you wou’d have it a Secret, that you so much desir’d to speak with her. Besides (rejoyn’d the CountCount) consider my Angel how much more hazardous it is for you to hold Discourse with me here, than at a farther distance from your Father; your denying to go with me is the only way to make your fears prove true; his jealousie of you may possibly make him more wakeful than ordinary, and we are not sure but that this minute he may tear you from my Arms; whereas if you suffer me to bear you hence, if he should happen to come even to your Door, and hear no noise, he will believe you sleeping, and return to his Bed well satisfy’d. With these and the like Arguments she was at last overcome, and with the assistance of Anaret, he easily lifted her down. But this rash Action, so contrary to the Resolution she thought her self before a few moments before so fix’d in, made such a confusion in her Mind, as render’d her insensible for some time of all he said to her. They made what hast they could into the Tuilleries and D’elmont having plac’d her on one of the most pleasant Seats E2 was E2v 28 was resolv’d to loose no time, and having given her some Reasons for his not addresssing to her Father; which tho’ weak in themselves, were easily believ’d by a Heart so willing to be deceiv’d as hers, he began to press for a greater confirmation of her affection than Words; and ’twas now this inconsiderate Lady found her self in the greatest strait she had ever yet been in; all Nature seem’d to favour his Design, the pleasantness of the Place, the silence of the Night, the sweetness of the Air, perfum’d with a thousand various Odours wafted by gentle Breezes from adjacent Gardens compleated the most delightful Scene that ever was, to offer up a Sacrifice to Love; not a Breath but flew wing’d with desire, and sent soft thrilling wishes to the Soul; Cynthia her self cold as she is reported, assisted in the Inspiration, and sometimes shone with all her brightness, as it were to feast their ravish’d Eyes with gazing on each others Beauty; then veil’d her Beams in Clouds, to give the Lover boldness, and hide the Virgins blushes. What now could poor Amena do, surrounded with so many Powers, attack’d by such a charming force without, betray’d by tenderness within: Vertue and Pride, the Guardians of her Honour fled from her Breast, and left her to her Foe, only a modest bashfulness remain’d, which for a time made some defence, but with such weakness as a Lover less impatient than D’elmont would have little regarded. The heat of the Weather, and her confinement having hindred her from Dressing that Day, she had only a thin silk Night Gown on, which flying open as he caught her in his Arms, he found her panting Heart beat measures of consent, her heaving Breast swell to be press’d by his, and every Pulse confess E3r 29 confess a wish to yield; her Spirits all dissolv’d sunk in a Lethargy of Love, her snowy Arms unknowing grasp’d his Neck, her Lips met his half way, and trembled at the touch; in fine there was but a moment betwixt her and Ruine; when the tread of some body coming hastily down the Walk, oblig’d the half-bless’d Pair to put a stop to farther Endearments. It was Anaret who having been left Centinel in the Garden, in order to open the Door when her Lady should return, had seen Lights in every Room in the House, and heard great confusion, so ran immediately to give ’em notice of this Misfortune. These dreadful Tidings soon rous’d Amena from her Dream of Happiness, she accus’d the influence of her Amorous Stars, upbraided Anaret, and blam’d the Count in Terms little differing from distraction, and ’twas as much as both of ’em could do to perswade her to be calm. However ’twas concluded that Anaret should go back to the House and return to ’em again, as soon as she had learn’d what accident had occasion’d this disturbance. The Lovers had now a second opportunity, if either of ’em had been inclin’d to make use of it, but their Sentiments were entirely chang’d with this alarm; Amena’s Thoughts were wholly taken up with her approaching shame, and vow’d she wou’d rather die than ever come into her Father’s presence, if it were true that she was miss’d; the Count who wanted not good Nature, seriously reflecting on the Misfortunes he was likely to bring on a young Lady who tenderly lov’d him, gave him a great deal of real remorse, and the consideration that he should be necessitated, either to own an injurious Design, or come into measures for the clearing of it, which would in no way agreegree E3v 30 gree with his Ambition, made him extreamly pensive, and wish Amena again in her Chamber, more earnestly than ever he had done to get her out of it, they both remain’d in a profound silence, impatiently waiting the approach of Anaret; but she not coming as they expected, and the Night wearing away apace, very much encreas’d the trouble they were in; at length the Count after revolving a thousand Inventions in his Mind advis’d to walk toward the Garden and see whether the Door was yet open. ’Tis beter for you, Madam, said he, whatsoever has happened to be found in your own Garden, than in any place with me. Amena comply’d, and suffer’d her self to be led thither, trembling and ready to sink with fear and grief at every step; but when they found all fast, and that there was no hopes of getting entrance, she fell quite senseless, and without any signs of Life at her Lover’s feet; he was strangely at a loss what to do with her, and made a thousand Vows, if he got clear of this Adventure, never to embark in another of this nature; he was little skill’d in proper means to recover her, and ’twas more to her Youth and the goodness of her Constitution that she ow’d the return of his Senses, than his aukward endeavours; when she reviv’d, the piteous Lamentations she made, and the perplexity he was in how to dispose of her, was very near reducing him to as bad a Condition as she had been in; his never ’till now having had occasion for a Confident, render’d him so unhappy as not to know any one Person at whose House he could with any convenience trust her and to carry her to that where he had Lodgings was the E4r 31 the way to be made the talk of all Paris. He ask’d her several times if she would not command him to wait on her to some place where she might remain free from Censure till she heard from her Father, but cou’d get no Answer but upbraidings from her. So making a Virtue of Necessity, he was oblig’d to take her in his Arms, with a design to bring her (tho’ much against his Inclinations) to his own Apartment: As he was going thro’ a very fair Street which led to that in which he liv’d, Amena cry’d out with a sort of joy, loose me my Lord, I see a Light in yonder House, the Lady of it is my dearest Friend, she has power with my Father, and if I beg her protection, I doubt not but she will afford it me, and perhaps find some way to mitigate my Misfortunes; the Count was overjoy’d to be eas’d of his fair Burthen, andand setting her down at the Gate was preparing to take his leave with an indifference, which was but too visible to the afflicted Lady. I see, my Lord said she, the pleasure you take in getting rid of me, exceeds the trouble for the ruine you have brought upon me; but go, I hope I shall resent this Usage as I ought, and that I may be the better enabled to do so, I desire you to return the Letter I writ this fatal Night, the Resolution it contain’d will serve me to remind me of my shameful breach of it.

Madam, (answer’d he coldly, but with great complaisance,) you have said enough to make a Lover less obedient refuse; but because I am sensible of the accidents that happen to Letters, and to shew that I can never be repugnant even to the most rigorous of your Commands, I shall make no E4v 32 no scruple in fulfilling this, and trust to your goodness for the re-settling me in your esteem, when next you make me so happy as to see you. The formality of this Compliment touch’d her to the quick, and the thought of what she was like to suffer on his account, fill’d her with so just an anger, that as soon as she got the Letter, she knock’d hastily at the Gate, which being immediately open’d, broke off any farther Discourse, she went in, and he departed to his Lodging, ruminating on every Circumstance of this Affair, and consulting with himself how he should proceed. Alovisa (for it was her House which Amena by a whimsical effect of Chance had made choice of for her Sanctuary) was no sooner told her Rival was come to speak with her, but she fell into all the raptures that successful malice could inspire, she was already inform’d of part of this Night’s Adventur for the cunning Charlo who by her Orders had been a diligent Spy on Count D’elmont’s Actions, and as constant an attendant on him as his shadow, had watch’d him to Monsieur Sanseverin’s Garden, seen him enter, and afterwards come with Amena into the Tuillerys, where perceiving ’em Seated, ran Home, and brought his Lady an account; Rage, Jealousie and Envy working their usual effects in her, at this News, made her promise the Fellow infinite Rewards if he would invent some Stratagem to seperate, ’em, which he undertaking to do, occasion’d her being up so late, impatiently waiting his return; she went down to receive her with great Civility, mix’d with a seign’d surprize to see her at such an hour, and in such a Dishabilee, which the other answering F1r 33 answering ingeniously, and freely letting her into the whole secret, not only of her Amour, but the coldness she observ’d in D’elmont’s Behaviour at parting, fill’d this cruel Woman with so exquisite a Joy as she was hardly capable of dissembling; therefore to get liberty to indulge it, and to learn the rest of the particulars of Charlo, who she heard was come in, she told Amena she would have her go to Bed, and endeavour to compose her self, and that she would send for Monsieur Sanseverin in the Morning, and endeavour to reconcile him to her. I will also added she with a deceitful smile, see the Count D’elmont, and talk to him in a manner as shall make him truly sensible of his Happiness; nay, so far my Friendship shall extend, that if there be any real Cause for making your Amour a secret, he shall see you at my House, and pass for a Visitor of mine; I have no body to whom I need be accountable for my Actions, and am above the censures of the World. Amena thank’d her in terms full of gratitude, and went with the Maid, whom Alovisa had order’d to conduct her to a Chamber prepar’d for her; as soon as she had got rid of her, she call’d for Charlo, impatient to hear by what contrivance this lucky Chance had befallen her. Madam, said he, tho’ I form’d a thousand Inventions, I found not any so plausible, as to alarm Monsieur Sanseverin’s Family, with an outcry of Fire. Therefore I rang the Bell at the fore-gate of the House, and bellow’d in the most terrible accent I could possible turn my Voice to, Fire, Fire, rise, or you will all be burnt in your Beds. I had not repeated this many times, before I found the effect I wish’d; the Noises I heard, and the Lights I saw in the Rooms, assur’d me there were F no F1v 34 no Sleepers left; then I ran to the Tuilliers, designing to observe the Lover’s proceedings, but I found they were appriz’d of the Danger they were in of being dis over’ddiscover’d, and were coming to endeavour an entrance into the Garden. I know the rest, interrupted Alovisa, the Event has answer’d even beyond my Wishes, and thy Reward for this good SerivceService shall be greater than thy Expectations. As she said these words, she retir’d to her Chamber, more satisfy’d than she had been for many Months. Quite different did poor Amena pass the Night, for besides the grief of having disoblig’d her Father, banish’d her self his House, and expos’d her Reputation to the unavoidable censures of the unpitying World; for an ungrateful, or at best an indifferent Lover. She receiv’d a vast addition of Afflictions, when taking out the Letter which D’elmont had given her at parting, possible to weep over it; and accuse her self for so inconsiderately breaking the noble resolution it contain’d: She found it was Alovisa’s Hand, for the Count by mistake had given her the second he receiv’d from that Lady, instead of that she desir’d him to return. Never was Surprize, Confusion, and Dispair at such a height, as in Amena’s Soul at this Discovery; she was now assur’d by what she read, that she had fled for protection to the very Person she ought most to have avoided; that she had made a Confident of her greatest Enemy, a Rival dangerous to her Hopes in every Circumstance. She consider’d the High Birth and vast Possessions that Alovisa was Mistress of, in opposition to her Father’s scanted power of making her a Fortune. Her Wit and Subtilty against her Innocence and Simplicity; her Pride, and the respect her grandeurdeur F2r 35 deur commanded from the World, against her own deplor’d and wretched State, and look’d upon her self as wholly lost. The violence of her Sorrow is more easily imagin’d than express’d; but of all her melancholy reflections, none rack’d her equal to the belief she had that D’elmont was not unsensible by this time whom the Letter came from, and had only made a Court to her to amuse himself a while, and then suffer her to fall a Sacrifice to his Ambition, and feed the vanity of her Rival; a just Indignation now open’d the Eyes of her Understanding, and considering all the passages of the Count’s Behaviour, she saw a thousand Things which told her, his Designs on her were far unworthy of the name of Love. None that were ever touch’d with the least of those Passions which agitated the Soul of Amena, can believe they would permit Sleep to enter her Eyes: But if Grief and Distraction kept her from repose; Alovisa had too much Business on her hands to enjoy much more. She had promis’d Amena to send for her Father, and the Count, and found there were not too many Moments before Morning, to contrive so many different forms of Behaviour, as should deceive ’em all three, compleat the Ruin of her Rival, and engage the Addresses of her Lover; as soon as she thought it a proper Hour, she dispatch’d a Messenger to Count D’elmont, and another to Monsieur Sanseverin’s, who full of Sorrow as he was, immediately obey’d her Summons. She receiv’d him in her Dressing-room, and with a great deal of feign’d Trouble in her Countenance, accosted him in this manner. How hard is it, said she, to dissemble Grief, and in spite of all the Care which I doubt not you have taken to conceal it, in consideration of your own F2 and F2v 36 and Daughter’s Honour. I too plainly perceive it in your face to imagine that my own is hid. How, Madam, cry’d the impatient Father, (then giving a loose to his Tears) are you acquainted then with my Misfortune? Alas, answered she, I fear by the consequences you have been the last to whom it has been reveal’d. I hop’d that my Advice, and the daily proofs the Count gave your Daughter of the little regard he had for her, might have fir’d her to a generous Disdain, and have a thousand Pardons to ask of you for breach of Friendship, in concealing an Affair so requisite you should have known. Oh! Madam, resum’d he, interrupting her, I conjure you make no Apologies for what is past, I know too well the greatness of your goodness, and the favour you have always been pleas’d to honour her with; not to be assur’d she was happy in your esteem, and only beg I may no longer be kept in Ignorance of the fatal Secret. You shall be inform’d of all, said she, but then you must promise me to act by my Advice; which he having promis’d, she told him after what manner Amena came to her House, the coldness the Count express’d to her, and the violence of her Passion for him. Now, said she, if you should suffer your rage to break out in any publick manner against the Count, it will only serve to make your Daughters Dishonour the Table- Talk of all Paris. He is too great at Court, and has too many Friends to be compell’d to any Terms for your satisfaction; besides, the least noise might make him discover by what means he first became acquainted with her, and her excessive, I will not say troublesom fondness of him, since which should he do, the shame wou’d be wholly her’s, for few wou’d condemn him for accepting the offer’d F3r 37 offer’d Caresses of a Lady so young and beautiful as Amena. But is it possible, cry’d he (quite confounded at these words) that she should stoop so low to offer Love. Oh Heavens! is this the effect of all my Prayers, my Care, and my Indulgence. Doubt not, resum’d Alovisa of the Truth of what I say, I have it from her self, and to convince you it is so, I shall inform you of something I had forgot before. Then she told him of the Note she had slip’d into the Letter he had forced her to write, and of sending Anaret to his Lodgings, which she heightned with all the aggravating Circumstances her Wit and Malice cou’d suggest, till the old Man believing all she said as an Oracle, was almost senseless between Grief and Anger; but the latter growing rather the most predominant, he vow’d to punish her in such a manner as should deter all Children from Disobedience. Now, said Alovisa, it is, that I expect the performance of your Promise; these threats avail but little to the retrieving your Daughter’s Reputation, or your quiet; be therefore perswaded to make no words of it, compose your Countenance as much as possible to serenity, and think if you have no Friend in any Monastry where you could send her till this Discourse, and her own foolish Folly be blown over. If you have not, I can recommend you to one at St. Dennis where the Abbess is my near Relation, and on my Letter will use her with all imaginable Tenderness. Monsieur was extreamly pleas’d at this Proposal, and gave her those thanks the seeming kindness of her offer deserv’d. I would not, resum’d she, have you take her Home, or see her before she goes; or if you do, not till all things are ready for her Departure, for I know she will be F3v 38 be prodigal of her promises of Amendment, ’till she has prevail’d with your Fatherly Indulgence to permit her stay at Paris, and know as well she will not have the power to keep ’em in the same Town with the Count. She shall if you please, remain conceal’d in my House, ’till you have provided for her Journey, and it will be a great means to put a stop to any farther reflections the malicious may make on her; if you give out she is already gone to some Relations in the Country. As she was speaking Charlo came to acquaint her, one was come to visit her. She made no doubt but ’twas D’elmont, therefore hastned away Monsieur Sanseverin, after having fix’d him in a Resolution to do every thing as she advis’d. It was indeed Count D’elmont that was come, which as soon as she was assur’d of, she threw off her dejected and mournful Air, and assum’d one all gaity and good Humour, dimpled her Mouth with Smiles, and call’d the laughing Cupids to her Eyes.

My Lord, said she, you do well by this early visit to retrieve your Sexes drooping fame of constancy, and prove the nicety of Amena’s discernment in conferring favours on a Person, who to his other Excellent Qualifications, has that of assiduity to deserve them; as he was about to reply, the rush of somebody coming hastily down the Stairs which faced the room they were in, oblig’d ’em to turn that way. It was the unfortunate Amena, who not being able to endure the thoughts of staying in her Rivals House, distracted with her griefs, and not regarding what should become of her, as soon as she heard the Doors were open, was preparing to fly from that detested place. Alovisa was vex’d to the Heart at F4r 39 at sight of her, hoping to have had some Discourse with the Count before they met; but she dissembled it, and catching hold of her as she was endeavouring to pass, ask’d where she was going, and what occasion’d the Disorder she observ’d in her. I go, (answer’d Amena) from a false Lover, and a falser Friend, but why shou’d I upbraid you (continu’d she looking wildly sometimes on the Count, and sometimes on Alovisa) Treacherous Pair, you know too well each others Baseness, and my wrongs, no longer then, detain a wretch whose presence, had you the least Sense of Honour, Gratitude, or even Common Humanity, wou’d fill your Consciences with Remorse and Shame; and who has now no other wish, than that of shunning you for ever. As she spoke this, she strugled to get loose from Alovisa’s Arms, who, in spite of the Amazement she was in, still held her. D’elmont was no less confounded, and intirely ignorant of the meaning of what he heard, was at a loss how to reply, ’till she resum’d her reproaches in this manner: Why ye Monsters of barbarity, said she, do you delight in beholding the ruins you have made? Is not the knowledge of my Miseries, my everlasting miseries sufficient to content you? And must I be debarr’d that only Remedy for woes like mine? Death! Oh Cruel return for all my Love, my Friendship! and the confidence I repos’d in you. Oh! to what am I reduced by my too soft and easie nature, hard fate of tenderness, which healing others, only wounds it’s self.—Just Heavens!—here she stop’d the violence of her resentment endeavouring to vent it self in sighs, rose in her breast with such an impetuosity as choak’d the passage of her words, and she F4v 40 she fell in a swoon, tho’ the Count, and Alovisa were both in the greatest Consternation imaginable, yet neither of ’em were negligent in trying to recover her, as they were busi’d about her, that fatal Letter which had been the cause of this disturbance, fell out of her Bosom, and both being eager to take it up (believing it might make some discovery) had their hands on it at the same time; it was but slightly folded, and immediately shew’d ’em from what sourse Amena’s dispair proceeded her upbradings of Alovisa, and the Blushes and Confusion which he observ’d in that Ladies Face, as soon as ever she saw it opened, put an end to the mistery, and one less quick of Apprehension then D’elmont, wou’d have made no difficulty in finding his unknown Admirer in the Person of Alovisa: She to conceal the dissorder she was in at this Adventure, as much as possible; call’d her Women, and order’d ’em to Convey Amena into an other Chamber where there was more Air, as she was preparing to follow turning a little towards the Count, but still extreamly confus’d, you’l Pardon, me, my Lord, said she, if my concern for my Friend obliges me to leave you. Ah Madam, reply’d he, forbear to make any Apologies to me, rather Summon all your goodness to forgive a wretch so blind to happiness as I have been: She either cou’d not, or wou’d not make any answer to these Words, but seeming as tho’ she heard ’em not went hastily into the Room where Amena was, leaving the Count full of various, and confus’d Reflections, the sweetness of his Disposition made him regret his being the Author of Amena’s Misfortunes, but how miserable is that Womans Condition, who by her Mismanagementmanagement G1r 41 management is reduc’d to so poor a Comfort as the pity of her Lover, that Sex is generally too gay, to continue long uneasie, and there was little likelihood he cou’d be capable of Lamenting Ills which his small acquaintance with the Passion from which they sprang, made him not Comprehend. The pleasure, the discovery gave him of a Secret, he had so long desir’d to find out, kept him from being too much concern’d at the Adventure that occasion’d it, but he cou’d not forbear accusing himself of intollerable Stupidity, when he Consider’d the passages of Alovisa’s Behaviour, her swooning at the Ball, her constant Glances, her frequent Blushes when he talk’d to her, and all his Cogitations whether on Alovisa or Amena, were mingled with a wonder that Love should have such Power. The diversity of his Thoughts wou’d have entertain’d him much longer; if they had not been interrupted by his Page, who came in a great hurry, to acquaint him, that his Brother the young Chevalier Brillian was just come to Town, and waited with Impatience for his Coming Home, as much a Stranger as D’elmont was to the affairs of Love, he was none to those of Friendship, and making no doubt but that the former ought to yield to the latter in every respect, Contented himself with telling one of Alovisa’s Servants, as he went out, that he wou’d wait on her in the Evening, and made what hast he cou’d to give his Beloved Brother the welcome he expected after so long an absence, and indeed the manner of their meeting express’d a most intire and sincere Affection on both sides; the Chevalier was but year a younger than the Count, they had been bred together from their Infancy, and there was such a Simpathy in their Souls, and so great a ResemblanceG semblance G1v 42 semblance in their Persons, as very much Contributed to endear ’em to each other with a Tenderness far beyond that which is ordinarily found among Relations. After the first Testimonies of it were over, D’elmont began to Question him how he had past his time since their Separation, and to give him some little Reproaches for not writing so often as he might have Expected. Alas! my dearest Brother, Replied the Chevalier, such various Adventures have hap’ned to me since we parted, as when I relate ’em will I hope excuse my seeming negligence; these words were accompanied with sighs, and a Melancholly Air immediately overspreading his face, and taking away a great part of the vivacity, which lately sparkled in his Eyes, rais’d an Impatient desire in the Count to know the reason of it, which, when he had exprest, the other, (after having engag’d him that whatever Causes he might find to ridicule his Folly, he wou’d suspend all appearance of it, ’till the end of his Narration) began to satisfie in this Manner.

The G2r 43

The Story of the Chevalier Brillian

At St. Omers where you left me, I hapned to make an Acquaintance with one Monsieur Bellpine a Gentleman, who was there on some Business, we being both pretty much Strangers in the Place occasion’d an Intimacy between us, which the disparity of our Tempers, wou’d have prevented our Commencing at Paris, but you know I was never a Lover of Solitude, and for want of Company more agreeable, was willing to Encourage his. He was indeed so obliging as to stay longer at St. Omers then his Affairs required, purposely to engage me to make Amiens in my way to Paris. He was very vain, and fancying himself happy in the esteem of the fair Sex, was desirous I should be witness of the Favours they bestow’d on him. Among the number of those he used to talk of, was Madamoiselle Ansellina De La Tour, a Parisian Lady, and Heiress of a great Estate, but had been some time at Amiens, with Madam the Baroness de Beronville her God-Mother. The wonders he told me of this young Ladies Wit, and Beauty, inclin’d me to a desire of seeing her, and as soon as I was in a Condition to Travel, we took our way towards Amiens, he us’d me with all the Friendship he was capable of expressing: And soon after we arriv’d, carried me to the Baronesses: But oh Heavens!G2 vens! G2v 44 vens! how great was my astonishment when I found Ansellina as far beyond his faint Description, as the Sun Beams the Imitation of Art; besides the regularity of her Features, the delicacy of her Complexion, and the just Simmetry of her whole Composition, she has an undiscribable sweetness that plays about her Eyes, and Mouth, and softens all her Air: But all her Charms dazling as they are wou’d have lost their Captivating force on me if I had believ’d her capable of that weakness for Bellpine that his vanity wou’d have made me think: she is very Young and Gay, and I easily perceiv’d She suffer’d his Addresses more out of Diversion then any real regard she had for him; he held a constant Correspondence at Paris, and was continually furnish’d with every thing that was Novel, and by that means introduc’d himself into many Companies who else wou’d not have endur’d him; but when at any time I was so happy as to entertain the Lovely Ansellina alone, and we had opportunity for serious Discourse, (which was impossible in his Company) I found that she was Mistress of a Wit, Poynant enough to be Satyrical, yet it was accompanied with a Discretion as very much heighten’d her Charms, and compleated the Conquest that her Eyes begun. I will confess to you Brother that I became so devoted to my Passion that I had no leisure for any other Sentiments. Fears, Hopes, Anxieties: Jealous Pains, uneasie Pleasures, all the Artillery of Love, were garrison’d in my Heart, and a thousand various half form’d Resolutions fill’d my Head. Ansellina’s insensibility among a Crowd of Admirers, and the disparity of our Fortunes wou’d have given me just Causes of Dispair, if the Generosity of her Temper had not disipated the one, and her youth G3r 45 youth, and the hope her hour was not yet come, the other. I was often about letting her know the Power she had over me, but something of an awe which none but those who truly Love can guess at, still prevented my being able to utter it, and I believe should have Languished ’till this moment in an unavailing silence, if an accident had not hap’ned to embolden me: I went one Day to visit my Adorable, and being told she was in the Garden, went thither in hopes to see her, but being deceiv’d in my Expectation, believ’d the Servant who gave me that Information was Mistaken, and Fancying she might be retir’d to her Closet as she very often did in the Afternoon, and the pleasantness of the Place inducing me to stay there till she was willing to admit me. I sat down at the foot of a Diana, Curiously Carv’d in Marble, and full of Melancholly Reflections without knowing what I did, took a black Lead Pen out of my Pocket, and writ on the Pedestal these two Lines. Hopeless, and silent, I must still adore, Her Heart’s more hard than Stone whom I’d implore. I had scarce finish’d ’em, when I perceiv’d Ansellina at a good distance from me, coming out of a little close Arbor; the respect I had for her, made me fear she should know I was the Author of ’em, and guess what I found I had not gain’d Courage enough to tell her. I went out of the Alley as I imagin’d unseen, and design’d to come up another, and meet her, before she cou’d get into the House. But tho’ I walk’d prety fast, she had left the place before I cou’d attain it; and in her stead, (casting my Eyes toward the Statue with G3v 46 with an Intention to rub out what I had writ) I found this Addition to it. You wrong your Love, while you conceal your Pain, Stones will dissolve with constant drops of Rain. But, my dear Brother, if you are yet insensible of the wonderful effects of Love, you will not be able to imagine what I felt at this view; I was satisfied it cou’d be writ by no body but Ansellina, there being no other Person in the Garden, and knew as well she cou’d not design that Encouragement for any other Man, because on many occasions she had seen my Hand; and the Day before had written a Song for her, which she desir’d to learn, with that very Pen I now had made use of, and going hastily away at the sight of her, had forgot to take with me. I gaz’d upon the dear obliging Characters, and kiss’d the Marble which contain’d ’em; a thousand times before I cou’d find in my heart to efface ’em; as I was in this agreeable amazement, I hear’d Belpine’s Voice calling to me as he came up the Walk, which oblig’d me to put an end to it, and the Object which occasion’d it. He had been told as well as I, that Ansellina was in the Garden, and expressing some wonder to see me alone, ask’d where she was? I answer’d him with a great deal of real Truth, that I knew not, and that I had been there some time, but had not been so happy as to entertain her. He seem’d not to give Credit to what I said, and began to use me after a fashion as would have much more astonish’d me from any other Person. I would not have you, said he, be concern’d at what I am about to say, because you are one of those for whom I am willingling G4r 47 ling to preserve a Friendship; and to convince you of my Sincerity, give you leave to address after what manner you please to any of the Ladies with whom I have brought you acquainted, excepting Ansellina. But I take this Opportunity to let you know I have already made choice of her, with a design of Marriage, and from this time forward, shall look on any Visits you shall make to her, as injurious to my Pretensions. Tho’ I was no Stranger to the Vanity and Insolence of Bellpine’s Humour, yet not being accustom’d to such arbitrary kind of Treatment, had certainly resented it, (if we had been in any other place) in a very different manner than I did, but the consideration that to make a Noise there wou’d be a Reflection rather than a Vindication on Ansellina’s Fame; I contented my self with telling him, he might be perfectly easie, that whatever Qualifications the Lady might have that should encourage his Addresses, I should never give her any reason to boast a Conquest over me. These words might have born two Interpretations, if the disdainful air with which I spoke ’em, and which I cou’d not dissemble, and my going immediately away, had not made him take ’em as they were really design’d, to affront him. He was full of Indignation and Jealousie, (if it is possible for a Person to be touch’d with that passion, who is not capable of the other, which generally occasions it) but however having taken it into his Head to imagine I was better receiv’d by Ansellina than he desir’d, Envy, and a sort of Womanish Spleen, transported him so far as to go to Ansellina’s Apartment, and rail at me most profusely (as I have since been told) and threaten how much he’d be reveng’d, if he hear’d G4v 48 hear’d I ever should have the assurance to visit there again. Ansellina at first laugh’d at his folly, but finding he persisted, and began to assume more Liberty than she ever meant to afford him; instead of listning to his Entreaties, to forbid me the Privilege I had enjoy’d of her Conversation, she pass’d that very Sentence on him, and when next I waited of her, received me with more respect than ever; and when at last I took the boldness to acquaint her with my Passion, I had the satisfaction to observe from the frankess of her disposition that I was not indifferent to her; nor indeed did she, even in publick affect any reservedness more than the decencies of her Sex and Quality requir’d; for after my pretensions to her were commonly talk’d of, and those who were intimate with her, wou’d railly her about me; she pass’d it off with a Spirit of Gaity and good Humour peculiar to her self, and ’bated nothing of her usual freedom to me; she permitted me to read to her, to Walk and Dance with her, and I had all the Opportunities of endeavouring an encrease of her esteem that I cou’d wish, which so incens’d BellpiineBellpine, that he made no sruple of reviling both Her and Me in all Companies whereever he came; saying I was a little worthless Fellow, who had nothing but my Sword to depend upon; and that Ansellina having no hopes of Marrying him, was glad to take up with the first that ask’d her. These scandalous Reports on my first hearing of ’em had assuredly been fatal to one of us, if Ansellina had not commanded me by all the Passion I profess’d, and by the Friendship she freely acknowledg’d to have for me) not to take any notice of ’em: I set too high a value on the favours she allow’d me, to be capableble H1r 49 ble of Disobedience; and she was too nice a Judge of the Punctillio’s of our Sexes Honour, not to take this Sacrifice of so just a Resentment, as a very great proof how much I submitted to her will, and suffer’d not a Day to pass without giving me some new mark how nearly (she was touch’d with it, I was the most contented and happy Person in the World, still hoping that in a little time, she having no Relations that had power to contradict her Inclinations) I should be able to obtain every thing from her that an honourable Passion could require; ’till one Evening coming home pretty late from her, my Servant gave me a Letter which he told me was left for me by one of Bellpine’s Servants; I presently suspected the Contents, and found I was not mistaken; it was really a Challenge to meet him the next Morning, and must confess, tho’ I long’d for an Opportunity to chastize his Insolence, was a little troubled how to excuse my self to Anselline, but there was no possibility of evading it, without rendring my self unworthy of her, and hop’d that Circumstance wou’d be sufficient to clear me to her. I will not trouble you Brother with the particulars of our Duel, since there was nothing material, but that at the third pass (I know not whether I may call it the effect of my good or evil Fortune) he receiv’d my Sword a good depth in his Body, and fell with all the Symptoms of a Dying-Man. I made all possible hast to send a Surgeon to him. In my way I met two Gentlemen, who it seems he had made acquainted with his Design (probably with an intention to be prevented). They ask’d me what Success, and when I had inform’d ’em, advis’d me to be gone from Amiens before the News should reach the Ears of Bellpine’s Relations, H who H1v 50 who were not inconsiderable in that Place. I made ’em those Retributions their Civilities deserv’d; but how eminent soever the Danger appear’d that threatned me, cou’d not think of leaving Amiens, without having first seen Anselline. I went to the Baronesses, and found my Charmer at her Toylet, and either it was my Fancy, or else she really did look more amiable in that Undress than ever I had seen her, tho’ adorn’d with the utmost Illustrations. She seem’d surpriz’d at seeing me so early, and with her wonted good Humor asking me the reason of it, put me into a mortal Agony how to answer her, for I must assure you Brother, that the fears of her Displeasure were a thousand times more dreadful to me, than any other apprehensions; she repeated the Question three or four times before I had Courage to Reply, and I believe she was pretty near guessing the Truth by my Silence, and the disorder in my Countenance before I spoke; and when I did, she receiv’d the account of the whole Adventure with a vast deal of trouble, but no anger; she knew too well what I ow’d to my Reputation, and the Post his Majesty had honour’d me with, to believe I cou’d, or ought to dispence with submitting to the Reflections which must have fallen on me, had I acted otherwise than I did. Her Concern and Tears, which she had not Power to contain at the thoughts of my Departure, joyn’d with her earnest Conjurations to me to be gone, let me more than ever into the secrets of her Heart, and gave me a Pleasure as inconceiveable as the necessity of parting did the contrary. Nothing cou’d be more moving than our taking leave, and when she tore her self half willing and half unwilling from my Arms, had sent me H2r 51 me away inconsolable, if her Promises of coming to Paris as soon as she could without being taken notice of, and frequent writing to me in the mean time, had not given me a Hope, tho’ a distant one of Happiness. Thus Brother, have I given you, in as few Words as I cou’d, a Recital of every thing that has hapned to me of Consequence since our Separation, in which I dare believe you will find more to Pity than Condemn.

The afflicted Chevalier cou’d not conclude without letting fall some Tears; which the Count perceiveing, ran to him, and tenderly embracing him, said all that cou’d be expected from a most affectionate Friend to mitigate his Sorrows, nor suffered him to remove from his Arms ’till he had accomplish’d his Design; and then believing the hearing of the Adventures of another, (especially one he was so deeply interested in) wou’d be the surest means to give a Truce to the more melancholy Reflections on his own, related every thing that had befallen him since his coming to Paris. The Letters he receiv’d from a Lady Incognito, his little Gallantries with Amena, and the accident that prsentedpresented to his view, the unknown Lady in the Person of one of the greatest Fortunes in all France. Nothing cou’d be a greater Cordial to the Chevalier, than to find his Brother was belov’d by the Sister of Ansellina, he did not doubt but that by this means there might be a possibility of seeing her sooner than else he cou’d have hop’d, and the two Brothers began to enter into a serious consultation of this Affair, which ended with a Resolution to fix their Fortunes there. The Count had never yet seen a Beauty formidable enough to give him an Hours uneasiness (purely for the sake of Love) and would often say, Cupid’s Quiver never H2 held H2v 52 held an Arrow of force to reach his Heart; those little Delicacies, those trembling aking Transports, which every sight of the beloved Object occasions, and so visibly distinguishes a real Passion from a Counterfeit, he look’d on as the Chimera’s of an idle Brain, form’d to inspire Notions of an imaginary Bliss, and make Fools lose themselves in seeking; or if they had a Being, it was only in weak Souls, a kind of Disease with which he assur’d himself he should never be infected. Ambition was certainly the reigning Passion in his Soul, and Alovisa’s Quality and vast Possessions, promising a full Gratification of that, he ne’er so much as wish’d to know, a farther Happiness in Marriage.

But while the Count and Chevalier were thus Employ’d, the Rival Ladies past the hours in a very different Entertainment, the dispair and bitter Lamentations that the unfortunate Amena made, when she came out of her swooning, were such as moved even Alovisa to Compassion, and if any thing but resigning D’elmont cou’d have given her Consolation, she wou’d willingly have apply’d it. There was now no need of further Dissimulation, and she confess’d to Amena, that she had Lov’d the Charming Count with a kind of Madness from the first Moment she beheld him: That to favour her Designs on him, she had made use of every Strategem she cou’d invent, that by her means, the Amour was first discover’d to Monsieur Sanseverin, and his Family Alarm’d the night before; and Lastly, that by her Persuasions, he had resolv’d to send her to a Monastry, to which she must prepare her self to go in a few days without taking any leave even of her Father; have you (cry’d Amena hastily interrupting her) have H3r 53 have you prevail’d with my Father to send me from this hated place, without the Punishment of hearing his upbraidings? Which the other answering in the Affirmative, I thank you resum’d Amena, that favour has Cancell’d all your Score of Cruelty, for after the Follies I have been guilty of, nothing is so dreadful as the sight of him, and who, wou’d oh Heavens! (Continu’d she bursting into a Flood of Tears) wish to stay in a World so full of falshood. She was able to utter no more for some Moments, but at last, raising her self on the Bed where she was laid, and endeavouring to seem a little more Compos’d: I have two favours, Madam, yet to ask of you, (rejoin’d she) neither of ’em will I believe seem difficult to you to grant, that you will make use of the Power you have with my Father, to let my departure be as sudden as possible, and that while I am here, I may never see Count D’elmont. It was not likely that Alovisa shou’d deny Requests so suitable to her own Inclinations, and Believing with a great deal of Reason that her presence was not very grateful, left her to the Care of her Women, whom she order’d to attend her with the same Diligence, as her self. It was Evening before the Count came, and Alovisa spent the remainder of the day in very uneasie Reflections, she know not as yet, whether she had cause to rejoice in, or blame her Fortune in so unexpectedly discovering her Passion, and an Incessant VirissitudeVicissitude of hope and fears, rack’d Her with most intollerable Inquietude, ’till the darling object of her wishes appear’d, and tho’ the first sight of him, added to her other Passions that of shame, yet he manag’d his Address so well, and so modestly and artfully hinted the knowledge H3v 54 knowledge of his happiness, that every Sentiment gave place to a new Admiration of the Wonders of his Wit, and if before she Lov’d, she now ador’d, and began to think it a kind of Merit in her self to be sensible of his. He soon put it in her power to oblige him, by giving her the History of his Brothers Passion for her Sister, and she was not at all backward in assuring him how much she approv’d of it, and that she wou’d write to Ansellina by the first Post, to engage her coming to Paris with all imaginable speed. In fine, there was nothing she cou’d ask refus’d, and indeed it wou’d have been rediculous for her to have affected Coiness, after the Testimonies she had long since given him of one of the most violent Passions that ever was; this foreknowledge sav’d abundance of Dissimulation on both sides, and she took care that if he shou’d be wanting in his kind Expressions after Marriage, he shou’d not have it in his Power to pretend (as some Husbands have done) that his Stock was exhausted in a tedious Courtship. Every thing was presently agreed upon, and the Wedding-Day appointed, which was to be as soon as every thing cou’d be got ready to make it Magnificent; tho’ the Counts good Nature made him desirous to learn something of Amena, yet he durst not enquire for fear of giving an umbrage to his intended Bride, but she, imagining the reason of his silence, very frankly told him, how she was to be dispos’d of, this knowledge made no small Addition to his Contentment, for had she stay’d in Paris, he cou’d expect nothing but continual Jealousies from Alovisa, besides as he really wish’d her happy, tho’ he cou’d not make her so, he thought Absence might banish a hopeless Passion from her Heart, and time H4r 55 time and other objects Efface an Idea, which cou’d not but be Distructive to her Peace. He stay’d at Alovisa’s House ’till it was pretty late, and perhaps they had not parted in some hours longer, if his impatience to inform his Brother, his success, had not carried him away. The young Chevalier was Infinitely more Transported at the bare hopes of being something nearer the aim of all his wishes then D’elmont was at the assurance of loseing his, and cou’d not forbear Rallying him for placing the ultimate of his wishes on such a Toy, as he Argu’d Woman was, which the ChevalierChavalier endeavouring to Confute, there began a very warm Dispute, in which neither of ’em being able to convince the other, sleep at last, interpos’d as Moderator. The next day they went to gether to visit Alovisa, and from that time were seldom asunder, but in Compassion to Amena, they took what care they cou’d to Conceal the design they had in Hand, and that unhappy Lady was in a few days according to her Rivals Contrivance hurried away without seeing any of her Friends. When she was gone, and there was no further need of keeping it a secret, the news of this great Wedding was immediately spread over the whole Town, and every one talk’d of it, as their particular Interests or affections dictated. All D’elmonts Friends were full of Joy, and he met no Inconsiderable Augmentation of it himself, when his Brother receiv’d a Letter from Ansellina, with an Account that Bellpine’s Wound was found not Dangerous, and that he was in a very fair way of Recovery. And it was Concluded that as soon as the Wedding was over, the young Chevalier should go in Person to Amiens to fetch his Belov’d Ansellina, in order for a second, and as H4v 56 as Desir’d Nuptial. There was no Gloom now left to Cloud the Gaity of the happy Day, nothing cou’d be more grand than the Celebration of it; and Alovisa now thought her self at the end of her Cares, but the Sequel of this Glorious beginning, and what Effect the dispair and imprecations of Amena (when she heard of it) produc’d, shall with the Continuance of the Chevalier Brillian’s Adventures be faithfully Related in the next Part.