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one frantic, and......rebounding,.....fels on a couch; when,....sobbing as if my very heart would rush from its confinement.....I burst into a flood of tears and found relief. This saved my reason.....I gazed for some time on Theoclea with indiscribable emotion, as she hung over me

and, drawing her towards the couch, my head sank on her bosom, and her circling arm supported me.

“Well then,”....I faintly uttered... “ this too has been all illusion....... “ but thou art still reality;...and, whe“ ther as Anagallis......Theoclea......or “ in what other shape thou comest “ before me.....no art.....disguise or “ circumstance, can make the other “ than thyself...Tell me, Oh! Theoclea “ ...... thou dost not deceive me?”

Instead of replying.....she embraced me.....not as she had been accustomed

- - - - - with all the prolific eagarness of love ;....but with the calm composure

of a sister,...entreating me to moderate

my transports. “ When thou art calm, ”.....she ad

“Be seated, dearest Peregrine, here are “ some refrcshments which will do. “ thee good;....and I am not without “ a hope, that the pleasure of my pre“sence will beguile thee of all sad re“flection......No one will interrupt us “.....this night is all our own,....even your partizans without the door are “ sent away by order of the police..... “ Theoclea,.....thou well knowest...... “ never does things by halves.” While speaking, she unpacked the basket, and then throwing off her leathern girdle and the woollen robe -- - - - - she stood before me the bewitching Representative of every earthly joy. A white muslin tunic,........in easy

folds,..........flowed gracefully around her charming person.....A simple zone of artificial rosebuds....... blushing in a bed of virgin lilies,....... embraced her waist.....Small roguish curls wantoned o'er her forehead........ heightening the

beauty they half concealed.....Her allconquering smile, once more, darted its influence through my heart......and I gazed.....like one entranced.....on the light fairy form that blessed my sight.

Thus dangerously tempting....... the magic of a feeble lamp dawning on

her revealed attractions.......the long separation we had suffered......... the silent hour of night.......all........ pro

duced the revival of a passion which my heart too eagerly cherished for this seducing creature, and, in an instant, changed the temperance of seven

years into the most furious.......... I cannot find a word.......The highminded enthusiast.....who,......by zeal and mortification, had near attained the perfection of an Angel.....in one short In Oment........ was metamorphosed by this Circe into a vile Satyr. Theoclea suffered what she could not avoid....... My rage was irresistible -- - - - - - the door was barred on the outside....... IIl Ol'C'....... or louder.......resistance would only have made us the jest of Antioch.......It would besides have raised a calumny against our

CallSC....... All this Theoclea saw, and wisely yielded to the momentary tempest........... She was, notwithstanding,

seriously offended with me.....my conduct disconcerted her whole plan. At length.....with much intreaty..... she was appeased.....We applied to the basket, and some flasks of excellent wine having enlivened our spirits...... former good-fellowship was restored * - - - - - and I requested she would explain to me the sort of miracle that had converted Anagallis.....the stage dancer....

into a devout sister of the great Prophet

Kerinthus.

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‘‘ I came hither” she replied, “to unfold all these mysteries to you, and to let you see by what means the easy confidante of a voluptuous lady's pleasures, has been transformed into the sublime personage you now behold.

Truly, Proteus, I do not place

much reliance on your wisdom...... but I will obey my own heart, and conside to your esteem.......which I have ever believed sincere.......... the secrets of my soul.”

She now paused.....and proposed.....

as the only condition on which our future intimacy could exist.......that I should bind myself solemnly before Heaven, to consider her only as my sister, and adopt such sentiments as that character ought to inspire.

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