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you will easily perceive shat I am that your own; and if I gave you a bond Leocadia, who, fearful lest fresh accidents signed with my own hand, to her I gave and occasions should deprive me of that my hand itself, with such confirmation which is so justly mine, had no sooner and testimony as render it impossible for learned that you had left your home me to surrender my liberty to any other than, encountering a thousand difficul- in the world. The amorous intercourse ties, I determined to follow you in this between you and me was nothing more attire, intending to seek you all over the than a pastime, without, as you know, earth until I should find you; at which my reaping any enjoyment from it but you will not be astonished, if you have such as was perfectly consistent with ever had occasion to know the power of your honour and purity. That which I true love, and the rage of a deceived wo- had with Teodosia was of a more inti

I have experienced some troubles mate nature—she yielded me all that she in this my pursuit, all which I shall con- had to give, on my word and assurance of sider as so many blessings now that they becoming, as I am, her husband; and if have brought me to you; and seeing you I left you both at the same time-you in the state in which you now are, if it confused and deceived, and her fearful, be God's pleasure to take you from this and, as she thought, dishonoured, I did to a better life, yet if before that departure so without much reflection, like an inconyou perform that which is due to your siderate youth, thinking that all those own character, I shall think myself but matters were of little importance, and too happy, and promise to lead such a that I might do so without scruple-with Jife after your death that I shall soon other thoughts, which then came into my follow you in this last inevitable journey; head and prompted me to do what I was and so I conjure you, first in the name of already inclined to, namely, to go to God, who is the witness of the purity of Italy, and there spend a few of the years my wishes and intentions,—secondly, by of my youth, and afterwards to return to what is due to your own honour-and Spain, and see how providence had disfinally, by your obligation to me, which posed of you and of my real wife. is greater than to any other person in the “ But I verily believe it to have been world,—that you receive me as your law. the will of offended heaven that I should ful wife, and do not leave it to the cold be brought to the condition in which hand of justice to do that to which your you now see me, in order that, confessing conscience should so strongly urge you." these my great faults, I might render

Here Leocadia ceased; all present had what I owed in this life, and you might kept perfect silence while she was speak. remain undeceived and at liberty to dising, in which silence they continued, in pose of yourself as you think best. And expectation of Marco Antonio's reply, should my death come to the knowledge which was as follows:

of Teodosia, she will know from you, I cannot, madam, deny my know and from the other persons present that, ledge of you, for your voice and face put in my dying moments, I fulfilled the that out of my power; as little can I deny promise which I had given her ;—and if, either my obligation to you, or the re- Senora Leocadia, in the little time which spectability of your parents, as your own still remains to me in this world, I can incomparable worth ; nor do I respect render you any service, I beg you to you the less for having come to seek me name it, for, so that it be not to make in a garb so different from your own; I you my wife, which I cannot do, there shall rather esteem you for it the more is nothing else in my power which I will highly; but since my ill fate has, as you not do to please you." say, and as I believe, brought me thus While Marco Antonio had been speaksuddenly to my end, and as in such mo- ing, he had supported his head with his ments the truth should be declared, I arm; but when he ceased, his arm fell will tell you a truth, which, if it is not upon the pillow, and he seemed to be for your present gratification, may be for fainting, as if exhausted by the effort. your future advantage. I acknowledge, Don Rafael approached him, and closely fair Leocadia, that I loved you and you embracing him, said, “ Come, my dear loved me; but I further confess, that the sir, recover yourself, and embrace your bond which I gave you was more to gra- friend and brother, since such you

choose tify your wish than my own; for some me to be : recognize your old acquainttime before I had signed it, my heart ance, Don Rafael, who will bear true was resigned to another young lady of testimony to your wishes, and to the my own town, whom you well know, favour which you do his sister in acknownamed Teodosia, of birth not inferior to ledging her to be yours.”

Marco Antonio, reviving, immediately haste in search of her, and hurried in recognized Don Rafael ; and after em- the first place to the inn where they told bracing him, and saluting him on the him Calvete had put up, to see if she had cheek, be said to him, “Sir, and my gone thither to procure a mule on which dear brother, so great is the joy which to travel. Not finding her there, he I feel in beholding you, that I fear I ran like a madman through the streets, may reasonably expect it to be followed this way and that, to seek her; then, the by some great sorrow, since they say thought striking him that perhaps she that after pleasure comes pain; however, had gone towards the galleys, he went to should such be my fate, I shall feel the the water side, and a little before he reached happiness which I enjoy in seeing you it, he heard some one calling with all at this moment, to be an ample compen. their might from the shore for the comsation."

mander's boat, and soon perceived that “ Then,” replied Don Rafael, “let it was the fair Leocadia herself; who, me make that happiness more complete, on hearing steps behind her, fearful of by presenting to you your beloved wife ;' some evil encounter, grasped her sword, and looking round for Teodosia, he and remained in an attitude of defence, found her weeping behind the rest of until Don Rafael came up, whom she the people in the apartment, astonished immediately recognized, not without and confused, between her grief at what some vexation at his having found her she beheld, and her joy at what she had in so solitary a place, as she already unheard. Her brother took her by the derstood by more than one indication hand, and she made no resistance, but which Don Rafael had given, that he let him lead her wherever he chose, did not dislike her, but on the contrary, which was to Marco Antonio's bed-side, that she would have thought herself too who immediately recognizing her, and happy if Marco Antonio had seemed to tenderly embracing her, mingled his like her as well. tears with hers.

What words can be found to give an All present were surprised and affected

adequate idea of the glowing manner at this extraordinary scene, and looked at in which Don Rafael now addressed each other without speaking a word, in Leocadia, to declare to her his passion ? expectation of the catastrophe of this The language of the countenance, the singular drama.

silvery tones a persuading and impas

sioned voice, no writing can render ; CHAPTER V.

the reader must therefore content himHymen.-Peace, ho ! I bar confusion ; self with the words, which were nearly 'Tis I must make conclusion

these :Of these most strange events. As You LIKE IT. “ If, in addition to the happiness which

is wanting to me, I were now so unMeanwhile, the undeceived and un- happy, fair Leocadia, as to want resoluhappy Leocadia, seeing what Marco tion to discover to you the secrets of Antonio doing-beholding her my heart, I should be doomed to bury in whom she had thought to be Don purpetual oblivion the truest and most Rafael's brother, in the arms of him , honorable attachment that can warm an whom she had considered as her own enamoured breast; but, come what may, husband, and thus finding her wishes I have determined, lady, to do justice to disappointed and her hopes destroyed, my passion by representing to you, if glided out of the room unperceived by indeed your precipitate resolution allows any one, the attention of all being occu- you to consider the matter, that Marco pied in observing what passed between Antonio has scarcely any advantage over the sick man and the youth, as they sup- myself but that of being beloved by you. posed it to be, whom he was embracing; My birth is as good as his, and in the and as soon as she had quitted the cham- gifts of fortune I am scarcely his infeber, she went out into the street, in a rior ; in those of nature I grant he may state of despair, intending to wander excel me, more especially if mine be poor through the world, or to hide herself in your estimation.

'All this I say, where none should behold her.

lady, because I would fain have you But she was scarcely in the street, accept the amends which fortune offers before Don Rafael missed her, and, as if you for the evils which she has inflicted. he had lost the thing dearest to his heart, You plainly see that Marco Antonio inquired eagerly for her; but nobody could cannot be yours, because heaven gave give him any account of her, and so he him to my sister ; and the same heaven immediately went out with desperate which has taken Marco Antonio from



you, seeks to make you some compen- power, nor in that of any one living, to sation in myself, who desire nothing oppose its decrees, let it dispose of me as better in this life than to become your it pleases, and as you, sir, please ;-yet faithful husband. And do not think that heaven well knows the shame that the boldness which you have shewn which I feel in yielding to your suit ; in following Marco Antonio, will cause not that I am insensible how much I me to esteem you less than you would gain in granting it, but that I fear lest otherwise have merited: the moment my compliance should make you regard that I resolved to put you on an equa- me with other eyes than those with lity with myself by choosing you for my which you have hitherto, perhaps mislady and my wife, I could not but forget, takenly, beheld me.

But be it as it may, as I have done, all that part of your con- after all, to be called the lawful wife of duct; for I well know that the same Don Rafael de Villavicencio, is an advanpower which has impelled me so sud- tage not to be despised, and with that title denly to become your adorer, brought alone I shall live contented. And if my beyou into the circumstances in which I haviour, after I am yours, should secure now see you; and so, where there has your esteem, I shall thank heaven for havbeen no fault, it is needless to seek any ing brought me by so devious a path, and

through so much suffering, to the happiAll this while, Leocadia had stood ness of being yours. Pledge me then your perfectly silent, except that now and then hand, Senor Don Rafael;

and here I give she heaved a deep sigh, as if from the you mine, with no other witness, as you bottom of her heart. Don Rafael ven- say, than this silent shore, this tranquil sea, tured to take one of her hands, which and this placid heaven, whose soothing she wanted strength or resolution to serenity only my sighs and your supplicaprevent, and kissing it several times, he tions have disturbed.” said to her,

So saying, she allowed herself to be “Oh! beauteous Leocadia, lady of embraced, giving her hand, and receiving my heart, consent now to be so for ever, that of Don Rafael ; this novel and nocwith no other witness than the starry turnal affiance being solemnised only by heaven above us, the hushed and listen- the tears of heartfelt happiness which, ing ocean before us, and the silent shore in spite of their recent sorrow, started to on which we stand; give me here that the eyes of both. consent which assuredly will not be less They then returned to the house of the for your honour than for my happiness: I gentleman who had entertained them, repeat, that I am a gentleman, as you and who was in great anxiety during their know,---that I am not poor,---and, absence, as also were Marco Antonio and which you should value most of all, that Teodosia, who were already united by I love you truly; that instead of finding the hands of a priest, whom the gentleyourself alone, and in a garb which is man had sent for at the desire of Teoderogatory to your honour, far from your dosia, that young lady feeling what (all home, your parents, and kindred, with circumstances considered) was, perhaps, out any one to assist you in case of a pardonable apprehension lest any cross need, without hope of obtaining that accident should again occur to place her which you came in search of, you may re- honour in jeopardy. So that when Don turn to your native place in you Rafael and Leocadia entered, and Don proper and honorable attire, accompanied Rafael had related what passed between by as good a husband as he on whom them on the sea-shore, their host exyou had fixed your choice, rich, happy, pressed as much satisfaction as if they had respected, and attended, and even ap- all been his near relatives; for, as Cerplauded by all who shall become ac- vantes tells us, it was the natural dispoquainted with the circumstances of your sition of the Catalonian noblesse to have history. If this be so,---and so it is, ---I a friendly feeling and perform friendly know not wherefore you should hesitate. offices to all strangers who in any way Vouchsafe, I once more entreat you, to needed their assistance. raise me from the dust of my misery to The priest, who was still present, dethe heaven of your favour, wherein you sired that Leocadia should change her will act prudently for yourself and cour- habit and put on female attire; which the teously towards me, shewing at once gentleman of the house immediately proyour gratitude and discretion.

vided for, by furnishing them with two “Well, then,”--said the hesitating rich dresses belonging to his lady, who Leocadia, after a pause, “since heaven was one of the family of the Granolhas so ordained it, and it is not in my leques, of great fame and antiquity in


that province. He sent to inform the catholics, they went leisurely forward, surgeon, (who, says our author, was cha- and arrived without any ill accident at ritable enough to feel for the wounded Santiago. When they had fulfilled their gentleman,) that they made him talk too vow with all the devotion in their power, much, and would not leave him alone; they determined not to lay aside their and accordingly the surgeon came, and pilgrims' habits until they should reach ordered, first of all, that they should quit their homes, which they approached by the chamber and leave him quiet. But short stages, with light hearts and withit was the will of providence that, in spite out fatigue: but before they completed of the faculty, the pleasant excitement their journey, being within sight of which Marco Antonio had experienced, Leocadia's native place, which, as has should contribute so much to his reco- been said, was at the distance of two very that the next day, when the bruise leagues from that of Teodosia, from the was examined, he was declared out of top of a rising ground they discerned danger; and in a fortnight, he quitted his them both, and could not refrain from chamber so far cured as to be able to tears of joy on first beholding them travel with safety.

again; such, at least, was the case with Now, the reader must know, that while the two young ladies, in whom this prosMarco Antonio had been keeping his pect renewed the recollection of their bed, he had, like a good catholic, made a past vicissitudes. vow, if God should restore him to health, A wide valley lay before the which to go a pilgrimage on foot to Santiago divided the two towns; and in it they or St. James of Galicia, in which he was observed, under the shade of an olive joined by Don Rafael, Leocadia, and tree, a cavalier, well equipped, and Teodosia, and even by the muleteer mounted on a powerful horse, with a Calvete—a thing, says our author, quite white shield on his left arm, and a large extraordinary for one of his profession; lance balanced in his right hand; and but Don Rafael's kindness and affability watching him attentively they soon saw had made him resolve not to quit him two other horsemen approaching him until he should return home; and seeing through the trees, with the same arms, that they were to go on foot as pilgrims, and equally well appointed.

After rehe sent his mules, together with that maining a little while together, the three which Don Rafael rode, to Salamanca, as cavaliers separated; one of the two who he had no difficulty in finding a person had come last, went apart with him with whom to trust them.

whom they had seen first under the olive The day of departure having arrived, tree; and, clapping spurs to their horses, being furnished with their pilgrims' weeds they rode furiously against each other, and all that was necessary for their jour. as if they were mortal enemies, making ney, they took leave of their hospitable violent thrusts with their lances, now and liberal entertainer, whose name was avoiding the stroke, and now dexterously Don Sancho de Cardona, of high birth receiving it on their shields, plainly shewand distinguished merit ; promising him ing themselves to be well skilled in that to keep in perpetual remembrance, both exercise; the third horseman looking at they and their descendants, to whom they them, without stirring from the spot should enjoin it, the signal favours which where they had left him. he had bestowed upon them, that they But as Don Rafael could not bear to might at least be grateful for them if they remain so far off to behold so fierce a could not requite them. Don Sancho single combat, he ran with all speed embraced them all, telling them that it down the hill, followed by his sister and was his natural disposition to do those his wife, and soon arrived close to the good offices, or any others within his two combatants, at a time when they power, to all whom he knew or imagined were already both of them slightly to be Castilian gentlemen.

Their em

wounded. The hat of one of them hav. braces were repeated ; and then with ing fallen off, and with it a steel casque cheerfulness, not unmixed with sorrow by which his head had been defended, at parting with so kind a host, they set Don Rafael observed his face as he was forward on their journey, and proceeded turning it aside, and knew it to be his as comfortably as the tenderness of the own father. Marco Antonio, too, distwo unpractised female pilgrims would covered the other combatant to be his; and permit.

Leocadia, after attentively observing the In three days they arrived at Mont- third horseman, who had taken no part serrat, and after remaining there three in the conflict, discovered with no less days more, to perform their duty as good astonishment, that it was her parent who wore that threatening guise. Our four strations of joy which are natural to the pilgrims were all at first surprised and vivacity of the Andalusian character. confounded at this strange encounter; Don Rafael repeated to them afresh, as but their presence of mind soon return- fully as time would permit, the account ing, the two brothers-in-law hastened of his love, and the marriage of himself to throw themselves between the two with Leocadia, and of his sister Teodocombatants, crying out, “Hold, gentle- sia with Marco Antonio; all which inmen! it is your own sons who ask and creased the general rejoicing. Then, entreat you.—1, sir, and my dear father, from among the horses of the people am Marco Antonio, I am he for whom I who had assembled, they took as many imagine that your grey hairs are brought as were necessary for the pilgrims, and into this strife and peril;—moderate your agreed to go to the residence of Marco violence, and throw aside your lance, or Antonio's father, who had offered to turn it against some other enemy; for celebrate the nuptials of both the newthe one you have before you must hence- married pairs: they set out accordingly, forward be your brother.”

some of the people who had been present On the other hand, Don Rafael ad- going before them, according to the cusdressed his father nearly in the same tom of the country, and asking a wedterms; upon which the gentlemen de ding gift from the relatives and friends sisted from the conflict, and began to of the parties. look earnestly at the persons who had On the way, Don Rafael and Marco spoken to them; and turning their Antonio learned the cause of this quarheads they saw that Don Enrique, rel, which was, that Teodosia's father, Leocadia's father, had dismounted, and and Leocadia's, had challenged Marco was embracing the other person whom Antonio's, on suspicion of his having they supposed to be a pilgrim; the occa- been acquainted with the conduct of his sion of which was, that Leocadia had son ; and having both of them come and gone up to him, and, making herself found him alone, they would not fight known, entreated him to make peace him unfairly, but man to man like genbetween the combatants, relating briefly tlemen, one of them waiting to see the · how Don Rafael had become her hus issue of the combat with the other, band, and Marco Antonio Teodosia's. which would have ended in the death of On hearing this, her father alighted, one or both of those engaged, but for the and embraced her, as has been said : he timely arrival of the young pilgrims, now left her and hastened to put an end who now thanked God for his great to the hostility of the other two cava- mercy in having brought them thither liers, although it was now unnecessary, at that critical moment. for they already recognised their sons, The next day, Marco Antonio's father and were standing on the ground, hold- celebrated with great liberality and maging them in their arms, and shedding nificence the nuptials of his son with tears of paternal love and joy. They Teodosia, and those of Don Rafael with now all stood together, and gazed at Leocadia. “ Both these gentlemen," their children again and again, unable says our author, “are said to have lived to find words. They felt their bodies long and happily with their wives; to see that they were not phantoms, their and their names and good qualities have appearance being so sudden and unex- been long perpetuated by their offspring pected as to authorise, thought they, the in those two places, which are among the most extraordinary suspicions; but hav- best of Andalusia ; and if their names ing satisfied themselves that it was reality are not here mentioned, it is out of de. and not illusion, they renewed their licacy to the memory of the two ladies, tears and embraces.

upon whom the tongues of the detractJust then there appeared in the same ing or the over-nice would, perhaps, valley, a great number of armed people cast reproach for the impetuosity of their on foot and on horseback, coming to de inclinations and the sudden change of fend the gentlemen of their respective their attire ;- but I would beg of those places. But when they came up and people not to blame such freedoms of saw them embracing those pilgrims, they conduct too severely, until they have exwho were on horseback dismounted, and amined their own breasts, if at any time they all remained in suspense, until Don they have been touched by the shafts of Enrique told them briefly what his Cupid ; for truly, the force may be called daughter, Leocadia, had related to him. irresistible, which desire opposes to They then went up to the pilgrims, and reason. zaluted them with all the lively demon- “ Calvete, the muleteer, was allowed

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