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WHEN I saw the Stranger so near me, I arose, as if to resign him his place, and to retire;.......but I somehow halted, like a person who had to disentangle himself before he could proceed. - - - - “Ah, Peregrine,” exclaimed the Stranger, “ dost thou avoid thy “ good Genius !” He addressed me in a tone of voice that found its immediate passage to my heart ;...and....like a splendid sunbeam...threw a radiance over the dark recesses of my soul. I made no reply....but, assuming all the indifference I could collect.....I looked him full in the face. I fear the incredulity I meant to VOL. II. B

express was very feebly executed,...... for I felt a trembling through every vein in my body as he spoke.....an awe mingled with astonishment, as he called me by my name.......Then the singularity of his words.......and his commanding manner......defeated all my efforts to appear cold and insensible before so penetrating a judge. “ What l”...... continued he, in the same impressive accents.....“ dost thou “ fancy chance hath thus introduced “ us to each other ....Deceive not thy“ self........ Chance is a chimera......It “ never had existence....Fate directed “ we should meet.....We have met !” I could not speak.....I again sat down, and leaned my head backwards against the rock....I should have fallen without this support. A piece of rock just opposite to me served the Stranger as a seat, and he took his place.

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continued. ...“. Thou courtest solitude

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“....” thou seekest repose !.....Repose “ from what?” ... . . . . “ From thyself!” . .

- ... " ' ". . . . . . . . . . . . . . Thou longest after light........Yet ..“, wanderest in the shades of darkness. * so vown, in wears to so old .."oso young in years !...So old in “ experience !.....A little month ago,

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“.......Wonderful man!..... .." I repeated with terror and amazement..... “Wonderful man ...Who art thou?” “ Not what you suppose me...... “, more than I appear....Thou,...Pere“ grine.....hast long been the slave of | “...delusion.......It is time thy"under“standing was unfolded, that thou “mightest comprehend the language “ of truth.....I said I was thy good . Genius......Such would I be to thee | “......though in reality a poor mortal “ like thyself...out, with the assis“tance of him f serve......I may be “ instrumental to thy salvation.”

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to ". . . . . . . . . . . ( * * * * * ation all this time.....Nothing could exceed my astonishment.....to find an (, , , , . .I’’ ". . . . . . . . . . .

entire stranger familiar with the his'tory of my life, and that, at a period, ... when it was wrapt up in mystery #&# all the world.......reading my

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