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THE ANGLO-SPANISH BRIDE. paid, for which they had a draft upon (Concluded.)

the French merchant. Two days after CHAPTER V.

their arrival, they looked out for him, That night, then, the vessel set sail; found him, and delivered to him the and the wind being fair, after touching letter they had brought from the French on the French coast, and taking in the merchant of London. He recognized it papers necessary for its admission into a as genuine; and told them, that he Spanish port, in thirty days it entered could not pay the money until the letters within the bar of Cadiz, where Isabella's and the advice should duly reach him parents and herself disembarked ; and from Paris ; but that he was in daily the former, being speedily recognized expectation of their arrival. by the whole city, were welcomed with Isabella's parents hired a good house, every mark of satisfaction. They re- fronting the convent of Santa Paula ; ceived a thousand congratulations on for one of the nuns in that religious their recovery of Isabella, as also on house was their niece, remarkable for their own deliverance out of the hands the exquisite sweetness of her voice; of the Moors who had captured them and so they chose that situation, both in (for that circumstance had been learned order to have her near them, and because from the captives whom Ricaredo's gene- Isabella had told Ricaredo, that if he rosity had liberated), and on the liberty came to look for her, he would find her which the English had granted them. at Seville, where her cousin, the nun of

Already did. Isabella begin to shew Santa Paula's, would tell him the place strong signs of one day recovering her of her abode; and that in order to find former beauty.' For a little more than her cousin, he would only need to a month they remained at Cadiz, rest- inquire for the nun with the finest ing from the fatigues of their voyage; voice in the whole convent—which token and then they went to Seville, to see if he would be sure not to forget. the ten thousand ducats would be duly It was forty days longer before the

advices from Paris arrived; and two Sebastian, which multitudes almost days after their arrival, the French mer- countless assemble to celebrate. In chant delivered the ten thousand ducats short, she never went to any public or to Isabella, and she to her parents; with other festivity in Seville; she passed which sum, together with something the whole time in her seclusion, her more, which they realized by disposing prayers, and her virtuous desires, exof some of Isabella's numerous jewels, pecting Ricaredo. her father resumed his mercantile pro- This close retirement of hers, infession, to the wonder of those who were famed the desires not only of the acquainted with his heavy losses. In a gallants of that quarter of the town, few months, his ruined credit began to but of all who had once beheld her ; be re-established, and Isabella's charms whence her street was haunted by music regained their former perfection so in the night, and by cantering horsemen thoroughly, that when female beauty in the day. This studious keeping berwas the theme, all awarded the palm to self from view, and the desire of so La Espanolu Inglesa, by which name, as many to see her, occasioned, too, the well as by her beauty, she was known to enriching of the toilettes of divers kind the whole city.

ladies who undertook to be the first in Through the hands of the French soliciting Isabella ; and some there were merchant at Seville, Isabella and her who thought fit to try the effect of maparents wrote to the Queen of Eng- gical spells, although they are nothing land an account of their arrival, with all but absurdity and delusion. But the expressions of gratitude and sub- against all, Isabella was proof, as the mission called for by the many favours rock in the midst of the ocean is, against they had received from her. They like- the winds and waves which beat against wise wrote to Clotaldo and the lady it, but move it not. Catalina; Isabella calling them her father A year and a half had already elapsed, and mother, and her parents, their master when the approaching expiration of the and mistress. From the queen they two years' term assigned by Ricaredo, had no reply; but from Clotaldo and his began more than ever to swell the heart lady they received one, congratulating of Isabella with anxious expectancy. them on their safe arrival, and inform- Already did she fancy her husband arriving them that their son Ricaredo, the ing—that she had him before her eyesnext day after they set sail, had departed was asking him what obstacles had defor France, and thence to other parts, tained him so long ;-already was she whither it behoved him to go for the listening to his excuses;already was she security of his conscience; adding other forgiving him, embracing him, and rematters in their letter, in terms of great ceiving him to her inmost heart ;-when affection, with many kind assurances. there came to her hands a letter from To this letter they wrote an answer, no the lady Catalina, dated at London fifty less courteous and affectionate than it days before, and written in English, as was grateful.

follows:Isabella at once imagined, that Ri- “ My dearest daughter, you well caredo had quitted England on purpose know Ricaredo's servant, Guillarte. to come and look for her in Spain. This man went with him on the journey Encouraged by this hope, she lived per- which, in a former letter, I informed fectly happy; and strove to spend her you that Ricaredo had taken to France time in such a manner that when Ri. and elsewhere, the day after your decaredo should arrive at Seville, the fame

parture. of her virtues should reach his ears even “ This same Guillarte, then, at the end before the place of her abode. She

of six months, during which we had no seldom or never went out of her own tidings of my son, entered our gates yeshouse, except to the convent; nor ap- terday with the news that Earl Arnesto peared in any holiday processions, but had treacherously slain Ricaredo in such as took place there. It was only France. Only think, my daughter, what in her thoughts that she went from her his father and I, and his wife, must have oratory at home, on the Fridays in Lent, felt at this intelligence, which was such the most holy station of the cross, and as left us no room to doubt of our misthe seven venideros of the Holy Spirit. fortune. She never visited the river ; nor went to • What Clotaldo and myself have once Triana; nor attended the general re- more to beg of you, my dearest daughjoicing at the field of Tablada and the ter, is, that you will earnestly commend Xeres gate, on the great holiday of St. the soul of Ricaredo to God's mercy-a

benefit well merited by one who, as you others whom they brought with them, know, loved you so well. You will also was composed for Isabella one of the pray our Lord to grant us patience and most distinguished attendances that had a happy end-as we will supplicate him ever been seen in Seville on the like to grant them to thee, and to thy occasion. parents many years to live.”

There were present the assistente, or From the hand-writing, and the sig. chief magistrate of the city, the provisor nature, Isabella could not doubt that the of the cathedral, and the archbishop's account of her husband's death was true. vicar, with all the noblesse of title that She knew his man Guillarte very well; were then in the town; so great a desire she knew that he was accustomed to had they all to look upon the

splendour of speak the truth, and could neither have Isabella's beauty, which for so many had will nor occasion to fabricate that months had been eclipsed from their story of his master's death ; still less view. could his mother the lady Catalina have As it is the custom for young women invented it-since she had now no interest when about to take the veil, to go as in sending her such melancholy news. In elegantly dressed as possible-as preshort, she could neither find nor imagine paring to cast off all remains of worldly anything to banish from her the convic vanity - Isabella resolved to apparel tion that the tidings of her calamity herself as brilliantly as she could ; and were true.

so she put on the very same dress that When she had finished reading the she had worn when she went for the first letter-without shedding a tear, or shew- time before the queen of England, the ing any sign of grief_with a calm coun- richness and splendour of which have tenance, and seemingly tranquil bosom already been described. The pearls and -she rose from a couch on which she the magnificent diamond ring were was seated, walked into an oratory, and brought forth, together with the valuakneeling down before the sacred image of ble necklace and girdle. In this array, her crucified Redeemer, she vowed to take and with her graceful step, giving occathe monastic veil.-- which she might do, sion for all who beheld her to bless God now that she considered herself a widow. in her glorious countenance, Isabella Her parents prudently dissembled the set out from her home on foot, as its pain which the mournful news had given close vicinity to the convent rendered them, that they might be able to console the use of carriages unnecessary. Isabella in the bitterness of hers.


They found the concourse of people, she, as if her own grief were over, however, so great as to make them reassuaged as it was by the holy and re- gret that they had not ordered the carligious resolution she had taken, admi- riages; for it was with difficulty that nistered consolation to her parents. they could make their way to the con

She informed them of her intention; vent. Some blessed her parents; others and they advised her not to execute it blessed heaven tha: had gifted her with until the two years which Ricaredo had so much beauty; some stood on tiptoe himself assigned as the term of his ar- to look at her ; others, having seen her rival should have expired; as the fact of once, ran forward to look at her again ; his death would then be confirmed be- -and the person who seemed to do so yond a doubt, and she might change her the most eagerly-so much so, indeed, condition with the greater security. To that it was remarked by many-was a this Isabella consented; and the six man in the dress worn by captives lately months and a half which had to elapse redeemed, with a badge of the order of before the two years should be com- the Trinity on his breast, in token of his pleted, she employed in religious exer- having been ransomed by the alms of his cises, and in making the arrangements deliverers. for her admission into the convent, This captive, then, at the very mohaving made choice of that of Santa ment when Isabella was just stepping Paula, in which her cousin was. under the porch of the convent, into

The two years' term at length expired, which, according to custom, the prioress and the day for taking the veil arrived; and nuns, with the cross, were come out the news of which spread through the to receive her, cried out aloud, “ Stay, city; and of those who knew. Isabella by Isabella, stay-for while I am alive, thou sight, those who, attracted by her fame canst not take the veil.” only, crowded the convent and the short At this exclamation, Isabella and her space between it and her parents' house, parents looked round, and saw the rethe friends whom her father invited, and deemed captive in question, making his

way towards them through the crowd; and so he begged of all those who deand a round light blue hat which he sired to know it, that they would go wore, falling from his head, discovered a back to his house, since it was so short profusion of tangled locks, hanging in a distance; and that there it should be golden ringlets, and a complexion of related to them in such wise, that they mingled white and carnation, which at should rest satisfied of its truth, and in once told all who beheld him, that he admiration at so great and extraordinary was a foreigner. At length, stumbling an event. along as well as he was able, he arrived Here one of the spectators called out where Isabella was; and laying hold of aloud :-“ Sirs, that youth is a great her hand, he said, hurriedly—“ Do you English corsair-I know him well-it know me, Isabella ? In me you see was he that, a little more than two years your husband Ricaredo.”

ago, took from the Algerine pirates the “ Yes," said Isabella, “I do know Portuguese ship coming from the you—if, indeed, you be not a phantom, Indies. Without doubt he is the samecome only to disturb me.”

for I know him, because he gave me my Her parents took hold of him, looked liberty, and money wherewith to go to earnestly in his face; and soon recog. Spain-and not to me only, but to three nized Ricaredo himself in the person of hundred captives besides." the captive; while he, falling on his These words caused a fresh sensation knees before Isabella, entreated her that among the multitude, and made them the strangeness of the garb in which she all additionally eager to hear the explabeheld him might not hinder her full nation of so intricate a matter. In fine, recognition, nor his fallen fortune pre- the principal among the persons present, vent her from keeping the word which including the assistente, and the two they had pledged to each other.

ecclesiastical dignitaries, attended IsaIsabella, notwithstanding the impres- bella back to her own house, leaving the sion made upon her mind by the letter nuns in sorrow, disappointment, and from Ricaredo's mother, containing the tears, at the loss which they sustained in -news of his death, was inclined to give failing to add the beauteous Isabella to more credit to the evidence of her eyes, their sisterhood. as to the fact before her; and so, embracing the captive, she said, “ You, my

CHAP. VI. dearest sir, are undoubtedly he who alone Having entered a large saloon in her can hinder my religious determination, parents' house, Isabella made those you are undoubtedly the partner of my who accompanied her be seated. And soul--for you are indeed my husband although Ricaredo was ready to enter your image is engraven on my memory, upon the relation of his story, yet and treasured in my heart. The tidings he thought he had better entrust it to which my lady, your mother, wrote me the judicious lips of Isabella than tc his of your death, although, indeed, they did own, which were not very fluent in the not take my life, made me devote it to Castilian language. the cloister, which at this very moment The whole company were silent, listI was going to enter. But since God, ening with breathless attention to the by interposing so just an impediment, words of Isabella, who now commenced shews his will to be otherwise, it is not her narrative-which I must sum up by in our power, nor does it become me, to saying, that she told them all that had

Come, sir, to my parents' happened to her from the day when house, which is your own; and there I Clotaldo stole her from Cadiz, until her will become yours, according to the return to that place-relating also Ricaforms which our holy catholic faith re- redo's battle with the Turks, his genequires.”

rosity to the Christian captives—the All this discourse being heard by the troth which they had mutually plighted bystanders, and among the rest by the -his promise to join her within two assistente, and the archbishop's vicar and years--and the news she had received of provisor, filled them with wonder and his death, the apparent certainty of amazement; and they desired to be im- which had led her to the resolution mediately informed what all that story which they had witnessed, of entering was about, who that stranger was, and the cloister. She extolled the generosity what marriage they were talking of. of the queen, the religious constancy of

To this, Isabella's father made answer, Ricaredo and his parents, and ended that the story required a different place, with saying, that Ricaredo would inform and some little time, wherein to tell it ; them what had happened to him since

oppose it.

his departure from London, until the charged at me, as I afterwards learned, present moment that they saw him in by the Earl and his servants; and, the garb of a captive, with a badge de- leaving me for dead, having got their noting that he had been ransomed by horses ready to start, they rode off, alms.

telling the innkeeper to bury me, for that “ I have so," said Ricaredo ; "and I was a man of rank. My servant, as now in few words let me sum up the the innkeeper afterwards told me, awoke long story of my vicissitudes.

at the noise ; and, in his fright, jumped After my departure from London, out at a window looking into a small to avoid the marriage which I could not court, and crying out, “Woe is me!contract with Clisterna, the young Scot. they've killed my master !” ran out of tish catholic whom, as Isabella has told the inn with such terror, as it should you, my parents wished me to marry,– seem, that he never stopped until he got taking with me Guillarte, the man who, to London-since it was he that carried as my mother writes, carried to London thither the news of my death. the news of my death,-passing through “ The people of the inn came up, and France, I arrived at Rome, where my found me pierced with four bullets and soul was comforted, and my faith a number of small shot, but in such parts strengthened: I kissed the feet of the that not one of the wounds was mortal. supreme pontiff; and confessed my sins I asked to be confessed, and to receive to the grand-penitentiary, from whom I the other sacraments, like a true catholic. received absolution, and the necessary They were administered accordingly; certifications of my confession and re- I received surgical aid; and in two pentance, and the entire submission months' time, but not before, I was able which I had made to our universal mother to continue my journey, and proceed to the Church. I then visited the number- Genoa, where I found that no passage less holy places in that holy city; and of was to be obtained, except in two feluctwo thousand escudos which I had in cas, which were hired by two Spanish gold, I delivered sixteen hundred to an gentlemen and myself; the one to go exchange-broker, who gave me an order before on the look out, the other to carry for that amount upon one Roqui, a Flo- ourselves. rentine, residing in this city. With the “ With this precaution, we embarked, remaining four hundred, intending to and navigated coastwise, not intending come to Spain, I set out for Genoa, to cross the Gulf; but on reaching a where I had learned that there were two point off the French coast called Les galleys belonging to that state, about to Trois Maries, with our first felucca keepdepart for Spain.

ing the look-out, there came suddenly “ I arrived, with my servant Guillarte, out of a creek, two Turkish galiots, at a place called Aquapendente, which, which, the one taking us on the side on the way from Rome to Florence, is towards the sea, and the other on that the last in the papal states; and at an next the land when we were preparing inn there, at which I alighted, I found to make for it, shut us in between them, Earl Arnesto, my mortal enemy, who, and captured us. They no sooner had with four servants in disguise, and more us on board, than they stripped us even for the sake of curiosity than religion, to the skin. They took out of the was going, I understood, to Rome. feluccas everything they contained, and Feeling certain that they had not recog. then, instead of sinking them, let them nized me, I shut myself up in a room drift ashore, saying that they would serve with my servant, anxiously awaiting the them some other time to convey another nightfall, at which hour I had resolved galima, as they call the plunder which to remove to another inn. This, how they take from the Christians. ever,

I did not do, for I satisfied myself, “ You may well believe me when I from the careless air of the Earl and his say, that I felt my captivity to the bottom attendants, that I had not been dis- of my heart, and more especially the covered. I supped in my chamber- loss of the papers I had brought from fastened the door-laid my sword ready— Rome, which I carried in a tin case, commended myself to God—but thought together with the bill for the sixteen it better not to go to bed. My servant hundred ducats. But


better fortune was sleeping soundly, and I myself was so ordained it that they fell into the hands slumbering in a chair, when, a little of a Christian captive, a Spaniard, who after midnight, I was awakened by those took care of them; for had they come who sought to make me sleep the sleep into the possession of the Turks, I should everlasting Four pistols were dis- have had to pay for my ransom the

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