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Cincinnati Weekly Enquirer (Newspaper) - April 18, 1877, Cincinnati, OhioA git it Rnic vol. Xxxvi no. Wednesday morning 1877. Whole 2081. A fax song that the Bluebird sings. He Yon listened to the Carol of the Bluebird in the apr inf a Keri Nihon molten Melody been not poured i 0i a a a a Forth in vain a then the pulse has quickened and a sigh perhaps has risen from the breast the bluebirds music stirs to thoughts that Lack expression to tender so tumultuous Are the fancies thus i a the Bluebird s song breathes gladness breathes the Sweet Ana solemn Triumph. That Lote feels when All loves Passon melts in its own fruition. Exquisitely Subtle Are the chords the Bluebird a chords Chat quiver now in ecstasy now thrill in fond . How die in dreams of All that might have been. Men is la us nag of j interpret Aud translate in scamp Tiia rhythmic Alt the yearning of Young love to claim its own of Youing love that ton vol is on the threshold of a Felt a and shrinks Besom Ore ii sees its ardor Calls to thus 5. The to Aiden musing come thronging thoughts unbidden. When she hears this speaking Echo of the Hope it _ a that glow within and foe Tell tale blushes Redden to the Rose tint on foe Besom of foe Bird that dares to breathe her secret Joy. Thus to the youth impetuous whose life is set to i must a let love but laugh and Beckon from afar fulfilment sends a greeting in the soft voluptuous a a languor that steals upon the senses if the bluebirds song be heard this song of wondrous gladness Ever bubbling. A Welling gush log from a Fountain full of Promise inexhaustible divine sweeter far these liquid accents when the buds of Hope Are blighted. And the tree of knowledge bears its bitter fruit when memory sits brooding in the ashes of her a a a Birthright a and sackcloth shrouds a heart that once was a per giver oboe la quickened where was greedy a be spotting to a sympathetic touch be Bird sings True and tender with a precious i. A a Burden Laden with the tidings of n love that never Dies. So in foe it win Spring time when the world wears a to paths of roses i ring Clear the joyous melodies of Hope i to in foe summer season when foe wine of pleasure reddens. Ring passionate the triumphs of the heart to in the sad still autumn when life bends beneath up. Jul Burden. A a when what might Bare been has never come to pass rings once again this music on the crushed and wounded spirit Light where All was dark and drear fore ail la not lost if the message that the Bluebird bears be heeded. For her Mission is to Tell us quot god is love a the Tower of Perc Emont. George Sands last novel. Chapter x. "2 was in love with Mademoiselle de Nivea a Aid Jacques quot when she was in the Convent at room. 1 bad been out of College fora Long time though Henri was still there and was in tending to go to Paris to commence my Law stud iua. I was passing my vacation at our town Bonae and from one of the Dormer windows of the granary frequently saw Mademoiselle Deni ves standing at the window of her cell looking out upon the Convent Gar Den. It is True she was Only fourteen years old but she was already Beautiful As an Angel and at the age i had then reached admiration for Beauty May rightly be called love. But i was too Little accustomed to persons other condition to think of making a declaration of my passion and if by Chance she turned her head toward me i quickly hid where she could not see me. Quot one sunday Henri who came to pay me a visit not finding me in the House took it into his head to look for me in the granary where he discovered me absorbed in reverie and made fun of me. I hurried him from the room in great haste lest he should see the Beautiful charmer who occupied my thou qty As however he persisted in teasing me Fhi epigrams i confessed that i was Inlove Watn a certain Marie at the Convent. The malicious Gamin for the Sake of fun wrote ridiculous letters to her under the signature of a Jacques a and she imprudently made fun of them with her companions. A they laughed too loud and the nuns who a kept watch seized the nails in which were concealed the love letters thrown Over the College Wall. Madame denies was informed to of the grave offence. She used it As a pretext Lor transferring Marie to the Convent of Cler a Mont where she passed a most unhappy a youth. A she will Tell you herself what she suf feed Uncle for she has set her heart upon seeing you and asking your advice and Protection. You must indeed listen to Lier. During this time 1 forgot her willing or not i for i was in Paris Ana my childish dreams gave place to More serious realities. How Ever i Learned How much the poor girl was s to be pitied for my fault and Henri s. He knew nothing about it of Miette talked Only to me and sometimes she showed me her friends letters which gave me great pain. But what could i do to repair the wrong i was not an eligible party for her and could not demand her hand in in Arrouge besides the countess did not wish her to be married. Bhe was determined to Force her to become a nun. Pretending that her daughter in Law wished to devote herself to a religious life and rejected the idea of her marriage. It it Hanoe alone could bring about the events that followed. I found myself thoughtlessly. Involved in a Romance and obliged to accept the role assigned me. A two years since i was at Clermont on account of an affair of which it is unnecessary for me to speak. All the hotels were full As it was during the assizes. I was passing through the streets with Ray Valise in my hand in search of a lodging when i met Charliette face to face. I had a vague idea that this woman married und established at room had been Mademoiselle de Niv Csc nurse but i was ignorant that she had remained faithful to nor charge As a dog to its master. I did not even know that on account of Ali is Devotion she and her husband Hod since taken up their residence at Clermont. I repeat it and i solemnly assure you dear Uncle thut Chance has been the powerful agent in All that concerns me. A Charliette has been pretty she has still a fresh and agreeable countenance. I had been polite to her at an age when i had no idea of being any thing else. We were therefore Yery Well acquainted and i was glad to meet her. I confided my embarrassment to her asking if she knew of any furnished room that would answer my purpose. A a a you need not go far a she replied i Bare a furnished room that will suit you exactly. I do not use it and i shall ask you no rent for it too Happy to Render a service to a countryman and to a brother of Miette. Who is so Good and ready to do a kind deed to every one. Coma and see if the lodging suits you. Jav a i followed her to a narrow and dark Lane running along High Walla and aut Crad into an old House More picturesque than pleasant but the chamber in question answered i to l�1 my purpose and Charliette s husband offered it to me so cordially that lest i should Hurt the feelings of those worthy persons i took immediate Possession of my new quarters. I intended to take my dinner at an hotel hut they would not consent. Charliette said that she had formerly been the Cook at the chateau de Nives and was sure she could suit me. In truth her cooking was excellent hut i am not aristocratic and do not like to eat alone. I accepted Only on Condit Iott of having my hosts at my table and of seeing them served at my expense in the some manner As i was. A the same night i went ont to keep an engagement taking a key of the House with me. This does not interest you Uncle but i am obliged to Tell you in order to explain the conversation i had with Charliette the next evening. Quot her husband had gone to the work shop and i was sitting at the table with her tasting n quince cordial of her making that had been bottled at least ten years when she said to Pequot a Are you going to runaway again this evening and return at three of clo it k in the for thing poor fellow your health will be ruined by such late hours it would be far better for you to marry and Settle Down quietly. Liat do you think about it a a a no indeed a i answered. A i have not exhausted the pleasures of a a a but when you have it will be too late and you will find nothing but a rejection of your offers. If you will be reasonable 1 can perhaps make a match for you beyond your Hopes even while you Are still Young and quot at first i laughed at Charliette but when i found she was really in Earnest i was forced to listen to her she talked of a Fortune of Inore than a million and a Young woman of Noble birth whom i already knew since i had been in love with her. A a a a a said i a can it be possible that you Are speaking of the Little denies a a a the Little de Nivea a she replied a is now a Young lady Nineteen years old Beautiful and Good As an a a a but she is in the Convent a a a yes on the other Side of this Wall against which you Are a a a indeed a a a it is just As i Tell you. This old House where we Are forms one of the out buildings of the Convent. T was established Here As a tenant soon after Mademoiselle Marie was shut up in the Convent. I promised to follow her and we arranged beforehand a plan of action. I know How to play my part although i could not conceal that i had been her nurse. The nuns who wished to Force her to take the veil distrusted me a Little when i asked for work and questioned me adroitly to find out whether i should encourage the resistance of the Young Novice. I was More shrewd than they were i replied that Marie was altogether wrong that theirs was the happiest condition in life and that i had always her to adopt it. They brought face hut we were on oor guard Itka to chive me very coldly and the harsh tone of a devotee determined to reach her a Sermon. She sent me away in disgust. The farce was Well played. The Community received me into great favor and entrusted to me the washing of the Linen for the Chapel. I came off so Well and showed myself so assiduous in the performance of Convent duties that i was soon considered As belonging to the personal service of the Community and was free to go where i wished and communicate As much As i pleased with Marie. If you will go upstairs with me i will reveal a secret that you must not betray. Your sister is the Best Friend of my dear Little one. And you would not wish to add to her unhappiness. A i swore to keep the secret and went up a Little break neck stairway by the Light or a Candle that Charliette held. I found myself in an old store room where on lines arranged for this purpose Albs surplice and Linen garments embroidered or trimmed with lace were Hung to dry. A a a see a said Charliette a this is my work and the Way i earn my living. The Abbes who officiate in the nuns Chapel say that nowhere else do they find vestments so White Well starched and comfortable hut this docs not interest you. Wait Yon Are in the inside or nearly so of the Convent for the door that you see above those four Steps communicates directly with the Bell Turret of the Chimes that announce the services. My husband who is piously inclined has been received into the House to keep these Bells in order and repair them if necessary. He has a key to this door and he would not Trust it to me during the night for any thing in the world but the dear Man must sleep and when i want tie key i shall have it. And when Marie needs it she shall pass through this door to make her escape. Do you understand me now a a a a i understand you perfectly and the thought of such a Fine adventure makes me almost quot my adventures in this City seemed no longer of any importance and i did not go out that night. I talked All the evening with Charliette who came Back to renew the conversation after her husband had gone to bed. This Devil of a woman wrought me up to such a state of excitement i do not wish to conceal any thing from you Uncle that if the thing had been possible at that moment i would have carried Mary away immediately regardless of the future. A but thec$8ent of Mademoiselle de Nives must Beobi a fied and As yet she knew nothing of the condition of affairs. Charliette a plan had been improvised on seeing me. I Hod several Days before me to reflect upon the undertaking and a crowd of objections Rose in my mind. This Young lady who does not know me whose sole idea of me rests upon the memory of tote absurd letters that she perhaps still attributes to me this Noble girl so Rich and probably so proud would most certainly reject Charliette a insinuations. What was my Surprise when the next evening Charliette said to me a every thing works Well she did not say a no a she wants to see you first she Well knows that you Are considered the handsomest Man in the count Rye but she has never seen you. Go sunday morning to mass at the Convent. She will be behind the curtain. So situated that she can look at you Only appear composed and do not raise your eyes from your prayer Book i will lend you one besides i shall be near to watch you. You must he a i was prudent excited no remark and Marie had a Good Opportunity to see me. In the evening Charliette brought me a letter of hers that i know almost by a a a my Good Friend i have seen him i do not know whether he is witty or handsome i am no judge of that but he appears Wall and i know from his sister that he has an excellent character. As to marrying him that demands time for reflection. Tell him to Cowe Back in a year if he has then made up his mind perhaps i shall do the same but a win make no engagement and i shall hold fast to say 1 could have wished far a Shorter probation but i aaust abridge the Story so As not to fatigue you. Charliette could not obtain a More favourable answer and i went Back to the country very much absorbed in my Romance. At the end of the year of trial that is last year i returned secretly to Clermont and quietly took Possession of my room in Charliette a House. Quot i said nothing to my sister of Marie a formal commands for i was sure that Miette would not plead my cause. I Learned however through her that she was the confidante of Marie a desire to escape from the Convent and had entreated her to be patient unti she became of age offering Lier an Asylum at her House when she was legally free. This did not favor my suit for Marie no longer needing my assistance when she became of age would not have the least reason for choosing me in preference to any one else. Quot however my submission to the trial imposed and my Fidelity in returning at the appointed hour orders pleaded for me. I had this time an interview with her in Charliette a storehouse. I was dazzled with her Beauty she was dressed As a Noy ice in White from head to foot and As Pale As her veil but such eyes Mouth and hands i lost All control of myself in my passionate admiration and in spite of Charliette a presence who did not leave her i found words to declare my love. Quot a it is As i feared a she said a you expect an answer and if i do not say quot ves quot immediately you will hate quot a no a i replied a i shall suffer much but i will still submit a Ltd a a Only a Little very Well listen i believe in you now and rely on your assistance in escaping from this Convent where i am dying As you plainly see but i have no desire to be married at present and i will not accept any Man who does not love me with the most absolute disinterestedness. If you Are that Man you must prove it and give me your Aid without any quot this decree did not alarm me it is out of the usual order of things if a Man can not make himself loved if he wishes it and possesses Ordinary advantages. I promised All that she demanded. She told me that she wished As soon As she escaped from the Convent to take Refuge with Miette and to see me there secretly until she became better acquainted with me but she knew Miette would oppose every plan for a marriage Between us and she must not be allowed to have any suspicion of the contemplated arrangement. Marie was also sure of her willingness to receive her. A i no longer fix any time a she added a fori have already received proofs of your Honor and Devotion. When circumstances permit me to regain my Liberty i will Send you this Little ring that you see on my Finger. It will say quot i am waiting for you take me to your a a a ter this interview i was More in love a Marie than Ever and i assure you that no other woman occupied my hts. My second probation was longer i anticipated almost As Long As the i knew through Charliette who passed a at room that Miette insisted in her tiers that Marie must wait until she was Twenty one years old. It was through Charliette that the two friends corresponded quot i was almost discouraged As the epoch Drew near and thought unless i carried her off i should never be any thing to her but a Friend. How vef one Beautiful morning about two months since i received the Gold ring slender As a hair carefully folded in a letter i set out i ran i flew i arrived at the place appointed a a and. You carried her away then the Story is finished a quot no Uncle it is just quot i understand very Well but there arc confidences i do not wish to receive or boasting that i do not wish to listen neither the one nor the other Uncle i will Tell you the truth. Mile de Nives is always entitled to quot that does not concern quot which Means that you doubt it. Well will you believe me when 1 say that i behaved not like the Buffoon to whom you often do me the Honor to compare me but like the Clown who draws the chestnuts out of the fire for a quot for whom a quot for the quot who is the harlequin a a can you not guess a quot no unless you a re jealous of Henri because he danced with the pretty peasant girl this quot yes i am very jealous for there is some thing quot then go on i Ain listening quot i arrived at Clermont incognito alighted threaded my Way carefully and slipped stealthily into gear Liette a House at night and gave expression to my Joy and a a listen to me a she said a Fine words Are Only words. I am engaged in u matter that May have serious results and if my husband does not kill me when he finds out what i have undertaken to do he will at least beat me. You Are going to run away with a girl who is a minor. Her step Mother will make a Public scandal of the affair there will he a lawsuit perhaps in which i shall be implicated at All events driven from the Convent where i have a Good a Dace and the Means of gaining a poor Liv no i know very Well that Mademoiselle Marie who is Rich will Reward me generously for All that i have done for her but there is my husband who knows nothing and will countenance nothing. This will not prevent him from losing the custom of the Convent and being obliged to leave the country on account of the reports that will be noised abroad. Will you not make some sacrifice on your Side for my poor husband who May not find another situation for a Long time i am a poor woman and do not know any thing about business i do not even know if Mademoiselle Marie we ill be Able to do me All the Good she wishes to this is the reason i have brought you together and you Are so Good and generous for All that ideas change sometimes if you should forget or disown my services you have Bouna yourself by no engagement you have offered me nothing promising me quot i spare you the details Uncle. You must have foreseen while listening to me what then happened. I was simple enough never to have thought of it. I had indeed said to myself that there is no absolutely platonic disinterestedness in this world and that on the Day when i married Mademoiselle de Nives we should have a generous nuptial gift to bestow on the Rood nurse. This was very simple As it ought to be but i bad never expected that this woman would Lay Down her conditions beforehand and try to make me sign a note for Twenty five thousand francs. I hesitated for a Long time on one Side 1 was unwilling to Purchase my marriage from such a wicked to raq on the other i was equally unwilling to bargain for the Honor and the a ing to nay s round suss in Paris when red there with made Molaha de Nives. K. No would answer Ive her a in the Elk began to write out a conditional Promise. No Charliette wished for a Promise without any conditions. She maintained and she was right to a certain Point that an engagement drawn up in this Way compromised her her husband and myself. A i must she said a rely upon her sense of Honor to tear up the note if the marriage did not take place a but i could not resolve to risk losing Twenty five thousand francs without compensation Aud we separated at Midnight without coming to any conclusion Charliette promising that the elopement should take place the next night if i yielded to her demands. Quot i was so agitated and perplexed that i could not think of going to bed. My windows looked out upon a bed of cabbages surrounded with a slight Fence. On one Side was the Garden of the Little House hired by Ray hosts on the other Side was the Back fart of the Kitchen Garden of the Convent t could be cleared with a bound. I had made observations enough to know the locality by heart. On the Side toward the Street our Little Yard had a door closely locked and a very High Wall defended with fragments of broken bottle this door belonged to Charliette a tenement and the key was not guarded by her husband with the same areas that of the store room. It often remained in the lock on the inside. There was therefore a Means of escape in this direction As Well As through the store room and the door of the House but mile de Nives must be informed of it and make her Way from the Convent Garden into the Kitchen Garden. Absolutely i did not know if the thing were possible. Quot at All hazards i determined to incs to Fate the door of the Little store room. Who nows if i could not discover some Means of opening it i tried to go out. I saw that Charliette had locked the door of my room and that i could not break the lock without making a great noise. I had with me my Large country knife supplied with instruments for All purposes and i walked from the door to the window without finding any Hope of escape from my situation when i fancied i saw a greyish figure Glide along the Fence move away and return with every appearance of uneasiness. It must be Mademoiselle de Nives. I did not hesitate. I made signs with my lighted Cigar that appeared to be perceived and understood for the mysterious figure did not go away. Than with dexterity and promptness i took the bedclothes and tied them end to end. I fastened them As Well As i could to my window situated nearly Twenty feet from the ground and Slid Down. When this rope came to an end i let go entirely and fell among the cabbages without receiving the least injury. I ran to Mademoiselle by i yes for it was indeed she. With one kick 2 broke Down the Fence took her by the band without saying a word and led her without making any noise to the door opening upon the Street. The key was Notin the lock and my knife was not of an Edge to struggle with this ancient and monumental Vork. Mademoiselle de Nives astonished at this plan of escape entirely different from what she had anticipated asked me in a whisper where Charliette was. Quot a i am going for her a i said a remain in the Shade and do not stir a quot i went into lie artisans work shop to find some kind of a tool but As i groped about in the darkness a sudden inspiration recalled to my mind an insignificant circumstance of my first installation at Charliette a House. At that time i asked her for tiie key of the Yard so that i might keep my appointment and return without disturbing any one. She said As she gave it to me a Yogi must hang it when you come Back on a Large Nail above my husbands work Bench lest lie suspect something unusual. Lie is a devout person and would be i searched immediately for the Nail where two years before i had replaced the key. There indeed it was i seized it praying to heaven that it might be the same. Quot Fortune was on my Side it was the same it turned noiselessly in the lock and seeing myself master of the Field of Battle in spite of my jailers i could not help saying with a smiling countenance quot a All is right my Host the Locksmith keeps everything in his department in Good quot a do Yon make puns at such a moment a said Mademoiselle de Nives full of amazement. A you have a remarkable degree of coolness a. A a a no i am Gay beside myself with Joy a i replied shutting the door carefully a but i know what i am quot a you do not know you have forgotten Charliette who is going to accompany invented an excuse. She is waiting for us at the station a i said. A we must join her As quickly us possible a quot i hurry her along through the dark and deserted streets and we soon reach the railway station. A train Lias just arrived and stops Only five minutes. Marie Lowers her veil i buy the tickets and hurry with her into an empty compartment. A a a what does this mean a she cries As she sees the cars starting. A i am Here alone with you a a a a yes you Are alone with me for the journey. Charliette a courage failed her at the last moment but i have enough for two. Can you Trust me do you look upon me As an honest Man a quot a you Are a hero Jacques i believe in you and will do As you wish. If Charliette is a Coward i am not but i have no Money no Luggage a a a a i have in my pocket All you need. With Money one finds every thing in Paris. You said you wished Roe to obey your commands unconditionally and i Promise obedience. Your esteem is the Only recompense i demand but i want it without Reserve your Confidence will be the proof that i have obtained a a a you have it entirely Jacques. I give it to you in the presence of god who sees and hears us a quot i found myself put upon my Honor but Mademoiselle de Nives helped me to control myself by her absolute ignorance of my agitation. She is a singular girl As bold and courageous As a Liou innocent As a Little child. She has not a particle of coquetry and yet there is an irresistible seduction in her frankness and simplicity. She has read in her fathers old chateau romances of the age of chivalry i really believe she has never read any thing else and has always thought that every honest Man was costly and naturally a perfect Cavalier of the ancient times. She thinks that goodness is As easy to others As it is to herself. I Learned to know her even to the Bottom of her heart in the two hours conversation we had Gether and the More it her so. I protestation of my Devotion and submission 1 saw plainly that not a word must i utter concerning love and marriage. Y a was soon As the train had gone far enough to make it Imp Mesude for her to leave Roe 1 determined to Tell her the truth and de Jerould not scribed my interview with Charliette. I her Aid in the elopement unless she had quot a when i saw added i a that thie woman note in her pocket. My Neu and a tried to take advantage of me i lost Eon it Dence in her. I feared also that not being Able to extort Money from you she would sell your secret to the countess de Nives. I refused her Aid and relied Only on myself to deliver Yon. Fortune is certainly on my Side for i do not yet know Why you happened to be behind that quot a i will Tell you a she replied. A every arrangement was made for my escape this very night. I was already supplied with the Dis of use of a work woman that i Ain now Wear no. I promised to be at the door of the store room at Midnight my cell is close by and this was easily accomplished. At Midnight i was there according to agreement but i scratched in vain upon the door i even knocked cautiously it was not opened and there was no response. I remained for a Quarter of an hour almost beside myself with uneasiness and impatience. I thought Charliette a husband Nad found out our secret and had shut his wife up. Even in that ease you ought to be there and would have spoken to me through the key Hole if necessary you would have broken Down the door. Some serious Accident must have happened to you. I can not Tell you what tragic and frightful things i imagined. I could not endure this anguish and resolved to enter Charliette a House through the Garden to see what was going on among you. I climbed Over a to Village on the Wall separating our Flower Garden from the Kitchen Garden. I am Light and adroit reaching the top of the Wall i jumped Down on a Heap of Straw i saw on the other Side. Then while running to the Fence i saw your Cigar shining like a Bright Point in the darkness and watched the Luminous a diffs you Drew Forth until i comprehended Yon we Ere there and recognized me. What terror i Felt in seeing you descend from the windows so courageously after All you Are Here and my nurse Abandons me what you Tell me of her avarice grieves me without astonishing me much. She has never asked me for Money she knew i had none hut she knew also that some Day i should Koine into Possession of my Fortune and gave me often to understand that she had a right to my gratitude. I am not disposed to forget her and i will make no bargain with her but from this Day i no longer accept her services and will Send her away if she tries to rejoin a a a there is no need of her coming a i said. A Trust me to Render Pursuit unavailing. However if by a Miracle she finds us keep on the right Side of her and pretend to be ignorant of All i have told you otherwise she will hasten to denounce quot having arrived at Paris without molestation we took Refuge in the lodgings of Jules Depere Hes my Host Friend in the City who i knew perfectly Well would be glad to Render me any service in his Power. Like an honest Man he gave up his apartment to us without asking a single question or even seeing the veiled face of my companion. I hastened to hire a room for myself at the nearest hotel and left Marie to repose. A the next morning i lost no time in procuring Linen dresses bonnets hoots and an outside garment for my poor Marie destitute of everything. I did not spare Money i brought her a Charpming toilet As Well As the More simple one she asked for not wishing her to attract attention. Quot i can not describe the happiness the child Felt in receiving these gifts and in beholding her Beautiful dress and Rich Linen she who for years wore Only the thick Woolen garb of the Young nun. I was delighted with the appreciation she manifested and ran to buy for her gloves a parasol a watch ribbons and every thing else i could think Oft she discovered that i had Good taste and promised to consult me always in regard to her toilet. She was absolutely on confidential terms with me and called me her brother her dear Jacques her Friend. The sweetest words issued from her Lins her eyes caressed me she thought me handsome lovable Brave witty charming she loved me at last and i ventured to Kneel before her and entreat the happiness of kissing her hand. Quot How do you think she received my advances Bhe held out her hand to me and i was foolish enough to cover it with kisses. She Drew it Hack brusquely angry at first then her feelings found expression in a nervous burst of laughter. Quot a what kind of manners Are these my dear Jacques a she said. A i do not understand them but i feel that i do not like them. You forget who Lam but. In feed you do not know and i see that it is time to Tell you. I am not what you supposed a Girt eager for Freedom and in a hurry to find a husband. I have not yet decided in regard to marriage. I am religious a devotee if you will and a life of celibacy Lias always been my Ideal. I live not been unhappy in the Convent from the fault of those around me. It is the necessity for conformity to Rule that was my enemy and my executioner. My life depends upon movement air and noise. My father was a horseman and a Hunter i take after him resemble him have his tastes confinement kills me and i have a horror of convents because they Are theft prisons where i have been forced to pass my Ife but i love the nuns when they Are Good because they Are pure women and their denunciation of the delights of Domestic life seems to me an act of courage and heroism. Therefore i deceived no one when i said As i often did that i was not opposed to Convent life. My step Iother relied upon this declaration Ana when i refused to make an unconditional engagement before i became of age she greatly feared lest i might dispose of Iny Fortune to some Community. She was not even angry with the abbess of Clermont who did not wish me to be pressed too strongly. I have an idea in my head that i have not confided to any one and i a till dream of being Able to realize it. I Hope to recover my property and i shall then found perhaps an order of Sisters of mercy which i shall establish at Nives to take care of the poor and sick and to bring up children. We shall not be cloistered Ana we shall travel through the country continually to help the needy and to do Good works. It seems to me that i shall be perfectly Happy quash devoted to a holy life with Charity for my Only Law of action without being shut up in a Tomb or running the risk of letting the heart die out with the reason. You see then very plainly my Good Jacques that you must not knee before me nor be always kissing my hand As if i were a great lady for i shall never be a such is Mademoiselle de Nives plan and if you see her you will learn that she has not yet decided to modify it. You will say that it ought to have been in my Power to make her change her Resolution. You May Well believe that i did my utmost but How can you persuade a woman when you have nothing Dut words to use in the contest Pardon me Uncle words Are Fine things when one pop cases your Power of using them it was useless for me to study Law i shall always talk like a villager and i know nothing of the Subtile arguments that bold even against their win such Sway Over those who listen. A woman is a being naturally cautious who can not be take hold of by the ears and who submits to a certain Magnet ism Only when aha does not keep herself to far Sway from the fluid hut what can be done with a woman who will not allow the least familiarity and who possesses such a spirit of strife and revolt that no one but a brute or a Savage can tame her quot i was oblige la to submit absolutely and become an Amadis de Gaul to he allowed to remain at her Side. The worst of the affair is that in this Gante i have become amorous As a school Hoy a and the fear of displeasing her has made of it a Drudge and a slave. that i have mentioned she is full of contrasts and inconsistencies. She has been brought up in mysticism while the cultivation of her reasoning Powers has been systematically neglected. All her thoughts being turned toward heaven she plays with the realities of the world As with charming nothings which she will leave behind since religious exaltation carries her elsewhere. She is passionately fond of dancing Dresa and pleasure. When we we Ere in Paris after the first evening she wanted to go to see the decorations the Ballet the opera and the fairy scenes hut did not care a particle for literary performance and tragedies and could not endure the slightest i delicacy. She did not understand these tilings at All and yawned while looking on but the Grottoes of the sirens and the Bengal lights were happiness to Here almost delirium. I hired a Corner Box where it was very dark and closeted myself with a Pearl of Beauty admirably set and the lion keepers who alone saw her charming face free from thick veils smiled at my happiness while i played the role of a great pedant condemned to explain strings and machinery to a child seven years old you Are laughing at me Uncle a a yes i am laughing i find it a Well merited punishment fora Don Juan of the latin Quarter who takes it upon himself to Elope with a Novice without having suspicion of the kind of Bird he Lias taken charge of. But to come to the Point did she seek Legal advice in Paris a quot indeed she did among her oddities she possesses a surprising knowledge of business and a facile memory of the Law terms connected with it. She consulted m. Allen and now knows her situation on her quot very Well did she Tell him that in allowing herself to be carried off by a great Paladin Well known in the country for his Good Luck she gave arms against herself to a Stepmother who is still her guardian and who can reclaim her and reinstate her by Force in the Convent if it were Only for a week with All the flourish of trumpets of a great scandal a quot i do not believe she told All this to her lawyer hut i think she fold it to her confessor for she had a religious consultation with a very Able and influential Abhi who learning that she had More than a million to devote to the service of his Faith found her above All suspicion and sheltered her from All danger. He advised her to separate from me As quickly As possible and to keep concealed until the Day she came of age. He did not however forbid her from regarding me As a brother and a Friend for Marie who was unacquainted with my past follies probably represented me to Kim As a Fame without spot capable of giving her assistance in her holy Enterprise. In Short All these proceedings being ended we once More took the cars and after a week passed Tete a Tete in Paris with your Humble servant she returned to Vig Nolette on a Beautiful summer night As pure and tranquil As when she came out of the a was it. You then who accompanied her to your Sisters Home i thought she arrived there with her quot a i forgot to Tell you. As we were leaving the Rai Huy Carriage to Dine at Mon Lucon whom should we meet but Charliette she was on her Way to Paris in search of us and Little thought of finding us so soon. Marie guided by my advice received her kindly. You were afraid at the last minute a she said. A this is All for the Best since you Are not involved in the affair and will be More useful than if you had followed me to Paris. You can take me to Mademoiselle Ormonde a and remain at room to gain information of my step mothers quot Charliette went with her to Vig Nolette and then rejoined her husband at room where i have since met her. We two had a Lively explanation. She naturally is in a rage with me. Since i succeeded in frustrating her plans. At first she thought i had acquired the rights of marriage Over mile de Nives. When she found out her mistake she raised her head Ami renewed the offer of her serv Iros on the same terms pretending that according to her anticipations her husband driven from the Convent a i lost his situation and would encounter Many obstacles in recovering the one he Hao formerly occupied at room. She threatened in Covert words to reveal every thing to the Stepmother. I was obliged to come Down with Money especially As i believe the honest and pious husband in perfect agreement with the wife to take advantage of the situation without Appel ring to know any thing about it. However i made a better bargain than the note of 25,000 francs and resolved As soon As Marie came or be to Send the nurse about her business. Quot unfortunately a l against my Sisters wishes who dislikes and distrusts her she has seen Marie very c often during her stay at Vig Nolette. She has kept her secrets faithfully but she has used every Effort in her Power to prejudice her against me and i am certain that she has suggested another husband to her but i can not Tell whom she has chosen to supplant me or upon whom she rests her new nope of a Fortune. I know one thing this evening Henri accosted Mademoiselle de Nives like a person with whom she had made an appointment they talked in a Low tone but with much excitement during the pauses in tote Bourree and after Ward disappeared together. I thought i had planned so wisely in putting out the in get it was indeed a Brilliant idea they took advantage of itto run away a quot where do you think they have gone if it is to Vig Nolette i am certain that Henri will not allow himself to Cross the quot i do rot think they have gone there for this very reason. Perhaps Marie has taken it into her head to return to the Convent and remain during the last Days of her a in that Case Henri would have Given better advice than you quot and his position in regard to her would be better than mine a replied Jacques with a sigh. Jul it i quot hush a i said quot some one is calling us it a Henri a he soon joined us. 4 quot i was uneasy about you father a he said. A fall our relatives have gone regretting not being Able to say Good by. My Mother a waiting for you at father quot Ana where have you been a i replied a during the two he urn that i have been in search of Yon a a you were in search of me not a mysterious Wood where you have been with Jacques for an hear at met a a but where do Ftp Europe from a a from Home f returned a Little Aad bored with tic Ismail a the dust hat not seeing you. I

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