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consult together, and will see what steps much feared ; at the sight of whom she can be taken for your advantage.” was struck speechless, and changed
Teodosia thanked him in the best colour; but at length, gathering courage manner she could, and strove to compose from her very fear, and presence of mind herself a little, in order to allow the gen- from the consciousness of her peril, laytleman to go to sleep. He, however, ing her hand upon her dagger, she took could not slumber a moment, but turned it by the point, and threw herself on her restlessly about, sighing so deeply, that knees before her brother, saying, in a Teodosia was obliged to ask what hurried and faltering voice :disturbed him, saying, that if it was any “ Here, sir, and my beloved brother, distress which she could alleviate, she take this weapon, and satisfy your anger would do it with the same readiness with by inflicting the punishment due to my which he had offered to serve her. To crime, which is too great for any mercy which he answered—“ Although you, to avail me. I confess my sin, and I wish yourself, lady, are the cause of my unrest, not that my repentance should be receivyet it is not in your power to remove it; ed in exculpation; only I entreat that my for had such been the case, I should then punishment, while it takes my life, may have been without uneasiness."
spare my reputation, since, though by Teodosia was unable to comprehend absenting myself from my parents' house the drift of this enigmatical reply. She I have put it in manifest danger, it may was not, however, without suspicion that yet remain entire, if the chastisement you some amorous impulse had seized him, inflict upon me be secret.” and further, that she herself was the ob- Her brother gazed at her; and although ject of it; nor, says my author, was the the seeming levity with which she had suspicion an unnatural one, considering acted prompted him to revenge, yet the that they were in such an apartment forcible and feeling terms in which she alone, and in the dark. Under this ap- confessed her fault so softened his heart, prehension, she rose and dressed herself that, with a mild and cheering countein great haste, and in perfect silence, nance, he raised her from the ground, girding on her sword and dagger; and in and consoled her in the best manner he that manner, sitting on the bed, she was able; saying, amongst other things, awaited the daybreak, which in a little that as he could find no punishment adewhile gave signs of its approach by the quate to her folly, he postponed it for the sparklings of light which shot through present; and that for that reason, as also the numerous chinks and crevices that because it appeared to him that fortune ventilated the comfortless apartments of had not yet entirely closed the door of rethat order of Spanish inns.
dress against her, he was rather inclined Her male companion had done the to seek it by all possible means than to same; and no sooner did he observe the avenge the dishonour which her great streaks of daylight in the chamber, than indiscretion had brought upon him.” he rose from the bed, saying, “ Arise, These words revived the fainting spimadam, and I will accompany you in rits of Teodosia ; the colour returned to this journey; nor shall you quit my side her cheeks; and her hopes, which had until I see Marco Antonio at yours, as vanished for a while, were restored. Don your lawful husband, or else until he or Rafael (for that was her brother's name) I lose our life in the quarrel;—and now was desirous of saying no more to her on you shall see the obligation of redress the subject just then; only telling her which your wrongs have imposed upon she must change her name of Teodosia me;" and so saying, he opened the win- for the masculine one of Teodoro, and dows and doors of the apartment, that they must return together to Sala
Teodosia had been wishing the light manca, in order to find out Marco An. to be admitted, in order that she might tonio ; although he imagined that he was survey the figure and countenance of the not there; since, being his own acquaintperson with whom she had been talking ance, he should most likely have met him during the night; but when she saw and in the university; although, indeed, it recognized him, she would have wished might be, that the injury which he had that to her the day-light might never done him had caused him to avoid speakhave arrived, but that her eyes might ing to him. The young lady acquiesced have been closed in perpetual darkness ; in her brother's desire, and was accordfor scarcely had the gentleman turned his ingly metamorphosed in name as well as eyes to look at her (which he was not appearance. less impatient to do), before she knew The host now entered, and they orhim to be the very brother whom she so dered him to give them some breakfast,
for that they wished to depart immedi- could wait for them, and would, no doubt, ately. While the muleteer was saddling, meet with Marco Antonio there. and the breakfast preparing, a gentleman His sister desired him to do whatever travelling that way, entered the inn, and he thought for the best, for that she subwas immediately recognised by Don Ra- mitted herself entirely to his guidance. fael as one of his acquaintance. Teodo- Don Rafael told the muleteer to have sia knew him too, for which reason she patience, for that he had occasion to go would not venture out of her chamber, to Barcelona, assuring him at the same for fear he should see her.
time that he should be paid to his satisThe two gentlemen embraced, accord- faction for whatever time they might ing to the Spanish mode of salutation; want his services. The muleteer being and Don Rafael asked the new-comer naturally good-natured, and knowing the news of his town, to which he an- Don Rafael's generosity, answered that swered that he was come from Port St. he would go with him to the world's end Mary's, where he had left four galleys if he desired it. bound for Naples, and that on board of Don Rafael asked his sister what one of them he had seen Marco Antonio money she had with her : she replied Adorno, son of Don Leonardo Adorno; that she had not counted it, and only at which intelligence Don Rafael was knew that she had taken out of an escrurejoiced, thinking that the unexpected toire of her father's seven or eight handreceipt of this piece of news, at that mo- fuls of gold escudos, from which Don ment so important to him, was no bad Rafael concluded that she had about tive omen of the success of his expedition. hundred; and having two hundred himHe asked his friend, since the latter was self, besides a guld chain which he wore, well acquainted with Don Rafael's fa- he thought they were pretty well providther, to exchange with him for his fa- ed for their journey, and the more so as ther's horse, the mule on which he was he was persuaded that they should find travelling, telling him, not that he was Marco Antonio at Barcelona. They coming from Salamanca, but that he was therefore journeyed on with alacrity, going thither, and wished not to take so losing no time on the way, and meeting good a horse so long a journey.. The with no accident or hinderance until they other, being both friendly and polite, arrived within two leagues of a place made no objections to the exchange,
but called Ygualada, which is distant only undertook to deliver the horse to Don nine from Barcelona. Rafael's father.
They had learned on the way, that a The two gentlemen breakfasted toge- gentleman who was going as ambassador ther, and Teodosia alone, for fear of dis- to Rome, was waiting at Barcelona for covery; after which the friend set out the galleys, which had not yet arrived on the way to Cazalla, a place about forty there. Much gratified by this intelli. miles to the north-east of Seviile, where gence, they were proceeding on their he had inherited a good estate. Don journey, when, being about to enter a Rafael excused himself from setting out small wood, they observed a man running along with him, by saying, that before he out of it and looking behind him as if proceeded on his journey, he must re- terrified. Don Rafael stopped him, asking, turn that day to Seville ; and as soon as “Why do you run so fast, my good the other was fairly out of sight, the man?' what has happened to frighten mules being ready, and the host's reckon- you so excessively?” ing brought in and paid. they bade adieu “Would you not have me be afraid to him and to the inn, leaving all its oc- and run with all speed," answered the cupiers in admiration of their handsome man, “ when I have just escaped by figure; Don Rafael possessing no less miracle from a band of robbers who are manly elegance of person and deport- in that wood ?” ment, than his sister did feminine grace “ Upon my word,” said the muleteer, and beauty.
in the elegant diction which might be As soon as they were on the way, Don expected from one of his class, “what! Rafael communicated to his sister the in- robbers abroad at this hour ?—by the telligence which he had received respect- mass, but we're in for it." ing Marco Antonio, and said, it was his “ Don't be in trouble, my friend," opinion, that they should travel with all replied the man of the wood, “ for the possible speed to Barcelona, where the robbers are now gone, and have left galleys usually stopped a little while on above thirty passengers tied to the trees their way to or from Italy; and that if of this wood, and stripped to their shirts; the galleys should not have arrived, they only one man they left at liberty, that
he might untie the rest, as soon as they Seville, and that his intention was to go should have passed behind a certain hill to Italy and try his fortune in the prowhich they pointed out to him."
fession of arms, as many other Spaniards “ In that case” said Calvete, the mule- were wont to do; but that he had proved teer, “we may go on safely, for the rob- very unlucky in falling among those bers never come again to the place where thieves, who had taken from him a good they've committed a robbery, for several sum of money, besides his clothes, which days; and of this I've reason to assure were so good that he could not replace you, for I've been twice in their hands, them for three hundred escudos ; but and know their ways almost as well as if that nevertheless he meant to continue I'd been a robber myself.”
his journey, since he did not come of “ You are right,” said the man ; on such a stock as to let the warmth of his hearing which Don Rafael determined desire be chilled by the first cross accito go forward; nor had they gone far, dent. before they found the people bound to The “good set terms" in which the the trees, exceeding forty in number, youth told his story, together with the and the one who had been left at liberty fact of his coming from their own immewas busy untying them. was a strange diate neighbourhood, and, above all, the sight, to see some of them quite stripped, letter of recommendation which he bore others dressed in the ragged habiliments in his handsome person, inclined the of the robbers, some weeping to find brothers to shew him all the kindness in themselves - plundered, others laughing their power. So, after distributing some at the droll figures of the rest : here one money among such of the plundered as was giving a minute detail of every are appeared to be the most necessitous, esticle which had been taken from him; pecially among the friars and clergymen, there another was declaring that he was of whom there were eight or nine, they more grieved for the loss of a box of made the youth mount Calvete's mule, Agnus Deis which he was bringing from and, losing no more time, they shortly Rome, than for that of a multitude of found themselves at Ygualada, where other things which they had robbed him they learned that the galleys had arrived of; in short, all was one clamorous at Barcelona the day before, and were to scene of wailing and complaining among depart from thence in two days, if the the poor despoiled travellers; all which insecurity of the shore did not oblige them excited the commiseration of the two to go earlier. brothers, as we may for the present call This intelligence made them propose them, who at the same time thanked to rise next morning before the sun; but heaven for their deliverance from so it so happened that the two brothers great and imminent a danger.
slept less quietly than they had expected, But what most strongly called forth the cause of which must here be related. their compassion, especially that of Teo- Being at table, together with the youth doro, was to see, bound to the trunk of whom they had taken into their company, an evergreen oak, a youth apparently Teodoro gazed stedfastly at him, and about sixteen years old, who was left observing him rather closely, thought with no clothes on but his shirt, and a she perceived that his ears were bored; pair of linen trowsers, but of so beauti- from which, and from a bashful look fula countenance that all eyes were drawn which he had, she suspected him to be a towards him. Teodoro dismounted in woman, and she wished the supper to be order to set him at liberty, and the youth over, that she might ascertain the fact in thanked him in very polite terms for a tête-à-tête. his kindness, which Teodoro made still During the supper, Don Rafael asked greater by asking Calvete the muleteer him whose son he was, as he knew all the to lend him his cloak until they should principal people of the place to which arrive at the next town, where they would he belonged, if it was that which he buy another for that handsome youth. had said; to which the youth answered, Calvete gave it him, and Teodoro covered that he was the son of Don Sancho de the boy with it, asking him from whence Cardenas, a gentleman very'well known. he came, and whither he was travelling. To this Don Rafael replied, that he
Don Rafael was present all the while, knew Don Sancho de Cardenas very and the youth answered that he came well, and knew for certain, that he had from Andalusia, and from a place which, no son ; but that if the young man had when he mentioned it, they found to be said so in order to conceal his parentage, distant only two leagues from their own. it was of no consequence, and he would He said that he was now coming from never ask him the question again.
BY ONE OF THE AUTHORS OF THE
" True it is,” rejoined the youth, unfortunate as this change of attire seems " that Don Sancho has no son; but to indicate, such changes never being to there is a brother of his, called Don the advantage of her who makes them. Enrique, who has."
If I suspect right, I conjure you to tell “ No,” said Don Rafael, "he has no me so, and I swear, on the word of a son either ; but he has an only daugh- gentleman, to serve and assist you to the ter, who is said to be one of the most utmost of my power.
It is vain to deny beautiful young
ladies in all Andalusia ; • to me that you are a woman; for those but this I only know by report, for marks in your ears very plainly discover though I have often been in the place it, and it was an oversight in you not to where she lives, I have nerer seen her." fill up and conceal those borings with a
“ All that you say, sir, is true," said little coloured wax, as it might have hapthe youth; “ for Don Enrique has only pened that some one as curious as mya daughter, but not so beautiful as report self, and less honourable, might have says; and when I said that I was the found out that which you have so ill son of Don Sancho, I confess, gentle contrived to conceal. Do not, I repeat, be men, it was only that you might think afraid to tell me who you are, with the me a person of some consequence; since assurance of my best assistance, and of my real father
a house-steward of Don all the secresy which you may wish me Enrique's, who has lived with him for to preserve." many years, so that I was born in his
( Continued at page 109.) house; and in consequence of a certain offence which I gave to my father, taking with me a large sum of money, I
A GHOST STORY. chose to go to Italy as I have told you, in order to enter the career of arms, by
VOLUME. which I have seen that even those of obscute birth have raised themselves to We recommend the following story to the distinction.”
“ believers in ghosts." The mysteries All this, and the manner in which it of many haunted mansions might be was said, were attentively observed by doubtless developed in the same manTeodoro, and all tended to confirm her suspicion.
“ A supervisor of excise, named Thomas, Supper being now over, and the cloth was ordered, not long since, to a town removed, they were about to retire to not far from Llanfyllin, in Montgomeryrest; but while Don Rafael was shire, to occupy the district of a supervidressing, Teodoro having told him her sor who had been shifted to another stasuspicion respecting the youth, with his tion, as is usual with the servants of the leave and approbation she took him aside excise department; and having a wife to the balcony of a large window over- and children, he proceeded on first, in looking the street, and standing there order to select a suitable house for his with their faces to each other, Teodoro family. He had never been in Wales addressed the youth in these terms:- before, and, consequently, he met with
“ Senor Francisco (for that he had many inconveniences. The only house told them was his name), I would that I vacant was a large old mansion, which had done you' so many good offices as to stood in decay at the foot of a mountain; oblige you to grant me whatever request and to this the supervisor was directed as I should make; but the short time that the only habitable place that was not ocI have known you has not yet afforded cupied. On the first view of so large a me an opportunity of so doing; in that house, all notion of becoming a tenant which is to come, you will, perhaps, have' was abandoned; but as the place had a reason to know the extent of my desire mysterious curiosity about it, the manto serve you; and if you should not sion being large, the garden choked with be pleased to gratify my present wish, I weeds, the steps leading to the doors shall not therefore be less friendly to moss-grown, several of the windows beyou than I now am; for you must know, ing broken, and the whole having an air that although my years are as few as of grandeur in neglect, he was prompted your own, yet I have more experience to make inquiries; and an old man, to in the ways of the world than they seem whom he was referred as being tbe only to promise ; so I have begun to suspect owner as long as any neighbour could that you are not of the sex which your remember, instantly offered to let him dress would bespeak, but a woman, and the mansion at the small rent of five of as good birth as your beauty declares pounds a-year. The supervisor did not you to be, and therewithal, perhaps, as want so large a house; but as he wished
to send for his family, and had been “ On a sudden he heard footsteps on obliged to put up with lodgings in a pal. the staircase, and he felt, or thought he try alehouse, he thought it was worth felt, his hair lift his hat at least an inch while to go over the old pile, and ascer- off his forehead. His heart fluttered ; tain whether a few rooms could not be the logs did not seem to blaze so brightly; comfortably fitted up for his accommoda. he listened anxiously, but he heard notion while in discharge of his duty there. thing. After chiding his fancy for fright. The lowness of the rent, of course, ope- ening him, he mustered courage enough rated as an additional inducement; and to open the door, which he left in that having fixed upon four or five rooms up state, and then betook himself to his stairs, he struck the bargain, got in a few couch, after a paralytic sort of a poke at little things until his wife should arrive the fire. Scarce had the first doze rewith all the domestic equipments of a lieved his limbs, when he was awakened family, and forthwith wrote off for her. by a strange clattering on the staircase, The first night of his sojourn he lighted as if ten thousand imps were ascending a large fire to dispel the dampness; and to his room. In the panic of the mohaving taken his glass of grog, he lay ment he jumped up, and rushed to the down and enjoyed an excellent night's landing-place, where he distinctly heard rest. On his rising in the morning, his the imps clatter down the broad stairfirst visit was to a barber's shop in the case again, making faint shrieking cries, town, in order to get shaved, and there which died away with the sounds of their several persons inquired most earnestly footsteps as they seemed to gain the vaults how he had slept; and when he declared beneath the house. It was now manifest that he had never enjoyed a better night's that there were other living tenants in the rest in his life, every one seemed amazed. mansion besides himself; and the remainThe mystery was now dispelled, and his der of that sleepless night was spent in eyes were opened by being informed the gloomy conjectures. With painful anxiety • Tee Gwyn,' or White House,' as the did he watch the grey breaking in the mansion was called, had been haunted east; and when the day burst forth, he for fifty years back. The supervisor commenced a most scrutinizing search. laughed at this notion, and avowed his Nothing, however, was to be discovered, utter disbelief in ghosts. The profes- not even a footstep on the staircase ; alsional shrewdness usually characteristic though he could have sworn that he of his calling, raised a surmise that this really did hear his disturbers ascend same lonely house might be a very snug towards his room, and then depart. On spot for working an illicit still; and, ac- his visit to the town that morning, the cordingly, he determined not to be driven previous day's inquiries were repeated; out of his new habitation, until he as- but he strenuously denied having been certained the fact. He spent the greater disturbed, for fear he should be thought part of the day in rummaging the vaults a coward. The next evening, he deterand every hiding-place; but without dis- mined to ascertain whether any thing covering any thing to confirm his suspi- really did ascend the staircase, or whether cions. As night advanced, he threw an it was mere fancy; and for this purpose, extra log on the fire, and, having bor. he spread a thick coat of sand on every rowed a chair in the town, he sat himself step, imagining, shrewdly enough, that down before it, ate his bread and cheese, if his tormentors were really substantial, and sipped his grog amidst various ru- they must leave some tracks behind them. minations. At one time he thought his In the middle of the night, the same exsituation rather dangerous; as, in the traordinary noise was heard; but the event of his suspicions being true, there supervisor had provided himself with was no assistance at hand. He might pistols, and being armed with a lamp have his throat cut from ear to ear, and also, he proceeded down stairs as hard his body thrown into a tub; while his as he could. The imps, however, were wife and family would be none the wiser. too nimble for him, and he could not Fears of the living, more than of the even get a glimpse of them. Again did dead, Aitted across his brain; and at he search in every hole and corner, dislength he resolved, in case he heard any turbing the poor spiders with the blaze thing going on, to remain as quiet as of his lamp; and finding his scrutiny in possible, and send all the information he vain, he was retracing his steps when he could to the heads of his department recollected the sand, which, in his terriHe could see by his watch it was nearly fied descent, he had forgotten, when, to twelve o'clock; but • Nature's fond nurse' his horror, he perceived some five or six had forsaken him, and he felt no inclina- hundred cloven tracts! They were too tion to sleep.
small for old goblins, and much too large