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loth could make them k). Perhaps you'll think ; was generofity that made me dA all this. :tlt no: — to m^ fhame "I confefs it, my^ only eFign was to keep the licence and let the Jquire know that T could prove it upon him rheneyer I thought prAper, and fo make him 6me down whenever 'I wanted money." 'A tirft 6f pleafure n6w feemed to fill the whole partment; our joy reached even to the common room, wherethe prlfoners themfelves fymathized,
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Happinefs was expanded upon every face, nd even Olivia's cheek feemed fliifhed with deafure. To be thus reftored to reputation, tA riends and fortune at f'nce, was a rapture fuficient to ftop the progrefs 6f decay and reftora ormer health and vivacity. But perhaps among 11 there wis not one who felt iincerer pleafre thin 'I. Still holding the dear - loved child n m^r arms , '1 afLed heart if thefe tranfiorts were n6t deliifion. „H6w could you," ried 1, turning tA M'r. Jenkinfon, „how could oii add to mj/ mlferies b^r the ftory of her leath? But it matters not; nry pleafure at Finling her again, is more than a recompence for' he»pain."
,,'As to your queTtion," replied Jenkinfon, ,th.at is eafely anfwered. 'I thought the only irobable means of freeing you from prifon, vis by fubmitting to the 'Squire, and confen
k) as fall as the cloth could make them, fo feft alt dts Tuch (d. h, der Geijiliche) fit bit-den kann; cloth nAmlich wird eben fo %nr Bezeichnung der Geiftlichen, wit robe Zh dir dtr Rtchtsgthhrttn gebraucht
ting to his marriage with the other young lady. But thefe you had vowed never to grant while your daughter was living, there was therefore no other method to bring things to bear but
perfuading^ you that fhe was dead. 1 prevailed on your wife to }o\n in the deceit, and we have not had a fit opportunity of unde ceiving you till now."
'In the whole affembly now there only appeared two faces that did not glow with trant port. M'r. Thornhill's affurance had entire!; ibrfaken him: he now law the gulph 61 infamy and want before him, and trembled to tab the plunge. He therefore fell on his knea before his imcle, and in a voice 6F piercii:, mifery implored compaflion. Sir William wi going to fprirn him away, but at rn.y requd he raifed him, and after paufing a few n» ments. „Thy vices , crimes, and ingratituA,' cried he, „deferve no tendernefs: yet tfei fha.lt not be entirely forfiken, a bare cAmcetence fhall be fupplied, to fupport the wants 6f fife, but -not its f611ies. This young lady, thy wife, fhall be put in poffefiion 6f a third part of that fortune which once was thine, an' from her tendernefs alone thou art to expec' any extraordinary fupplies for the future." Hi was going to expre'fs his gratitude for fuel kindnefs in a fet fpeech; but the Baronet pre vented it hf bidding him not to aggravate hi meannefs, which was already but too apparent He ordered him at the' fame time to be g6ne and from all > his former domeftics to chuft one ftich as he fhould think proper, which wa all that fhould be granted to attend him.
'As Won as he left us, Sir William ver politely, ftept up to his new niece with a
arid wifhed her joy. His example was followed by'MIfs WUmot And her father; my wife too kiffed her daughter with much affection, as, to ufe her own expreffion, fhe was now made in honeft woman of. Sophia and Mofes followed In turn, and even our benefactor Jenkinfon defired to be admitted to that honour. 'Our fatisfaction feemed fcarce capable of increafe. Sir ■ William, whofe greateft pleafure was in doing good, now looked round with a countenance open as the fun, and faw nothing hilt joy in the' looks of all except that of my daughter Sophia; who, for f6me reafons we coiild not comprehend, did not feem perfectly fa.tished. „T think,'now," cried he, with a frnile, „that all; the company, except one or two, feem perfectly happy. There only remains an act df juftice for me to do. You are lennble, Sir, continued he, turning to me, of the obligations we both owe M'r. Jenkinfon, and it,Is! but juft we fhou]d both reward him for It. MIfs Sophia will, 1 am litre, make him very happy, and he fhall have from me five hundred pounds as her fortune, 'and up6n this "I am fure they can live very c6mfortably together. Come, MIfs Sophia, what fay you to'this match of my making? Will you have him?" — My poor girl feemed almoft finking into her mother's arms at the hideous propofali „Have him, Sir!" cried fhe faintly.
j.No, Sir, never." — What," cried he again, „"not have M'r. JenHnfon, your benefactor, a handfome voting fellow, with five hundred pounds and good expectations!" — „'I beg, Sir," returned fhe, fcarce able to fpeak, „that you'll defift, and not make me fo very wretched.'' —■ „Was ever filch obftinacy known," cried he again, „to rejufe a man whom the family has fuch infinite obligations to, who lias preferved your fifter, and who has five hundred pounds! What not have him! — ,, N6, Sir, never," replied fhe, angrily, „Td fooner die firft." — ,,'If that be the cafe then," cried he, „if you' will not have him — 1 think 'I muft have you myfelf." 'And fo faying, he caught her to his breaft with ardour. „My lovelieft, mf m6ft fenfible 6f j*irls," cried he, „h6w could you ever think your own Biirch -II could deceive you, 6r that Sir William Thornhill could ever ceafe to admire a. miftrefs that loved hfm for himfelf alone? 'I have for fome years fought for a woman, who a ftranger to m^r fortune could think that 'I had merit as a man. 'After having tried in vain, even amongft | the pert and the ugly, how great at laft rmift I be mty rapture to have made a oonqueft over fuch fenfe and fuch heavenly beauty." Then turning to Jenkinfon, ,,'As "I cannot, Sir, part with this young lady myfelf, for fhe has taken a fancy to the cut of nry face, all the recommence 'I can make is to give you her fortune, and you may call upon nr$r fteward to morrow for five hundred pounds.*' Thus we had all our compliments to re peat, and Lady Th6rnhill underwent the fame round of ceremony that her fifter had done before. 'In the mean time Sir William'* gentleman appeared to tell lis" that the equipages were ready to carry us to the inn, where every thing was prepared for our reception. iVry- wife and "1 led the van, and left thofe gloomy manfions of forrow. The generous Baronet ordered forty pounds to be diftributed among the prifoners, and M'r. Wilmot, induced b^r this example, gave half
"that fu'm. We were received below by the* fh6uts 6f the villagers, and 'I faw and fhook by' the hand two or three of nry h6neft parifhioners, who were among the number. They attended us to our inn, where a fumptuous entertainment was provided, and coarfer provifons diftriuuted in great quantities among the populace.
'After fupper, as nrjr fpirits were exhaufted b^ the alternation 6f plejfure and pain which they had fuftained during the day, 'I affeed permifiion to withdraw, and leaving the company in the midft of their mirth, as foon as 'I found myfelf alone, 1 poured 6ut my heart in gratitude to the giver of joy as well as 6f £6rrow, and then flegt undifturbed till m6rning.
CHAP. XX XII.
The next morning as foon as 'I awaked, 'I found my eldeft fon fitting by mty bedlide, who came to encreafe rn^r joy with another turn 6f f6rtune in my favour. Firft having releafed me from the fettlement that "I had made the day before in his favour, he let me know that my merchant who had failed in t6wn was arretted at 'Antwerp 1), and there had ^iven lip effects to a miicli greater amount than what was due to his creditors. M-y bo^'s gener6fity
fileafed me almoft as much as this unlooked 6r good f6rtune. But 'I had fome doubts