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loveAh! Harriet ! That gentleman in Northamptonshire-Did you think we fhould not find
you out ?
This heartened me a little.
Har. O madam, do you think to come at anything by such methods as this? I ought to have been aware of Miss Grandison's alarming ways.
Miss Gr. You pay for this, alfo, Harriet. Did you not say that I should take the reins, Lady L. ? I will have no mercy on our younger sister for this abominable affectation and reserve.
Har. And fo, ladies, I suppose you think, that Mr Orme
Lady L. Take the reins, Charlotte (making a motion, with a sweet pretty air, with her handker. chief, as if the toffed her fomething); I myself, Harriet, am against you now. I wanted a trial of that frankness of heart, for which I have heard you so much commended : And, surely, you might have shewed it, if to any persons living, to your two filters.
Miss Gr. No more, no more, Lady L. Have you not left her to me? I will punish her. rore will have too much lenity.-And now tell me, Harriet-Don't you love Mr Orme better than any man you ever saw ?
Har. Indeed I do not.
Har. Resume the reins, Lady L.-Pray do! Miss Grandison has no mercy! Yet met with a great deal yester
Miss Gr. Yesterday !-Very well !--But then I was ingenuous
Har. And am not 1?-Pray, Lady L..
And the seemed a little too cruelly to enjoy the Rutter I was in
Miss Gr. And you say that there is not one gm. tleman in Northamptonshire
Har. What is the meaning of this, ladies ? But I do assure you, there is not
Miss Gr. See Lady L. there are some questions that the girl can answer readily enough.
I believe I looked serious. I was filent. Indeed my very soul was vexed.
Miss Gr. Ay, Harriet, be sullen: Don't answer any questions at all. That's your only way now -And then we go no further, you know. But tell me--Don't you repent,
you have given a denial to Lady D.?
Har. I won't be fullen, ladies. Yet I am not pleased to be thus
Miss Gr. Then own yourself a woman, Harriet; and that, in some certain instances, you have both affectation and reserve. There are some cases, my dear, in which it is impossible but a woman must be guilty of affectation.
Har. Well, then, suppose I am. I never pretended to be clear of the foibles which you impute to the sex. I am a weak, a very weak creature : you
see I am And I put my hand in my pocket for my hand. kerchief.
Miss Gr. Ay, weep, love. My sister has heard me say, that I never in my life saw a girl so lovely in tears.
Har. What have I done to deserve
Miss Gr. Such a compliment !-Hey ?-But you shan't weep neither. Why, why, is this subject fo affecting, Harriet! Har. You surprise me !--Parted with you
but hour or two ago“And nothing of these reproaches. And now, all at once, both ladies
Miss Gr. Reproaches, Harriet!
Har. I believe fo. I don't know what else to. call them.
Miss Gr. What! is it a reproach to be taxed with love
Har. But the manner, madam
Miss Gr. The manner you are taxed with it is the thing then-Well, putting on a grave look, and assuming a softer accent-You are in love, however : But with whom? is the question-Are, we, your filters, intitled to know with whom?
Surely ladies, thought I, you have something to say, that will make me amends for all this intole. rable teazing : And yet my proud heart, whatever it were to be, swelled a little, that they should think that would be such high amends, which, however, I by myself, communing only with my own heart, would have thought so.
Lady L. (coming to me, and taking my hand). Let me tell you, our dearest Harriet, that you are the most infensible girl in the world, if you are not in love--And now. what say you?
Har. Perhaps I do know, ladies, enough of the passion, to wish to be less alarmingly treated.
They then sitting down, one on either side of me; each took a hand of the trembling fool.
I think I will resume the reins, Charlotte, said the Countess. We are both cruel. But tell us my lovely filter, in one word tell your Caroline, tell your Charlotte, if
confidence in our love (and indeed we love you, or we would not have. teazed you as we have done), if there be not one man in the world whom you love above all men in it?
I was silent. I looked down. I had, in the same moment, an ague, 'in its cold and in its hot fit. They vouchsafed, each, to press with her lips the paflive liand each held.
Be not afraid to speak out, my dear, said Mifs Grandifon. Assure yourself of my love; my true
I once intended to lead the way to the opening of your heart by the discovery of my own,
before my brother, as I hoped, could have fored me out -But nothing can be hid
Madam! ladies ! said I, and stood up in a hurry, and, in as great a discomposure, sat down againYour brother has not, could not-I would die before
Miss Gr. Amiable delicacy !-He has not-But fay you, Harriėt, he could not ?- If you would not be teazed, don't aim at reserves But think you, that we could not fee, on a hundred occasions, your heart at your eyes - That we could not affix a proper meaning to those sudden throbs just here, patting my neck; those half-suppressed, but always involuntary fighs-[I fighed]-Ay, just such as that [I was confounded)—But to be serious, we do assure you, Harriet, that had we not thought ourfelves under tome little obligation to Lady Anne S. we should have talked to you before on this subject. The friends of that lady have been very solicitous
And Lady Anne is not averfem Har. Dear ladies! withdrawing the hand that Miss Grandison held, and taking out my handkerchief; you say you love me !--Won't you despise whom you love?-I do own
There I stopt; and dried my eyes.
Har. O madam, had I a greater opinion of my own merit than I have reason to have (and I never had so little a one as since I have known you two), I could open to you, without reserve, my whole heart-But one request I have to make you-You must grant it.
They both in a breath asked what that was.
Har. It is, That you will permit your chariot to carry me to town this
afternoon–And long shall not that town hold your Harriet-Indeed, indeed, ladies, I cannot now ever look your brother in the face-And you will also both despise me! I know you will!
Sweet, and as seasonable as sweet (for I was very much affected), were the assurances they gave me of their continued love.
Miss Gr. We have talked with our brother this morning
Har. About me! I hope he has not a notion, that~ There I stopt.
Lady L. You were mentioned : But we intend not to alarm you further. We will tell you what pasled. Lady Anne was our subject.
I was all attention.
Miss Gr. We asked him if he had any thoughts of marriage? The question came in properly enough, from the subject that preceded it. He was filent : But fighed, and looked grave. [Why did Sir Charles Grandifon figh, Lucy?] We repeated the question. You told us, brother, said I, that you do not intend to resume the treaty begun by my father for Lady Frances N. What think you of Lady Anne S. ? We need not mention to you how considerable her fortune is; what an enlargement it would give to your power of doing good; nor what her disposition and qualities are : Her person is far from being disagreeable : And she has a great esteem for you.
I think Lady Anne a very agreeable woman, replied he: But if she honours me with a preferable esteem, she gives me a regret ; because it is not in my power to return it.
Not in your power; brother !
O Lucy! how my heart fluttered! The ague-fit came on again ; and I was hot and cold as before almost in the same moment.
They told me, they would not teaze me further. But these are subjects that cannot be touched upon without raising emotion in the bofom of a person who hopes, and is uncertain. Q the cruelty of fur.