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Page 120 - Next Anger rush'd, his eyes on fire, In lightnings own'd his secret stings; In one rude clash he struck the lyre And swept with hurried hand the strings.
Page 51 - At length a distant ray of light glanced feebly on the water: it was not the light of heaven; it seemed like reflected fire, and, brightening and increasing as they advanced, added horror to horror by discovering all the terrors of the place. The eye now reaching the boundary of the cavern, beheld in its concave architecture figures of fantastic formation, which, seen in light and shade, and varying their appearances as the boat moved on, seemed like grim spectres floating in the air; whilst the...
Page 54 - You would, would you!" answered the man, grinning: " that is a good one, d—m me; and the young woman would be much obliged to you for your kind prayers : but if I mistake not, if the wench could speak, she would not cry amen to it.
Page 53 - Octavia were first lifted out of the boat; but both, subdued by agonising terrors, were unable to support themselves, and sunk against some of the projections of the rock; when the boatmen, seeing they were unable to walk, bore them, as well as Hero, in their arms, preceded by the torch-bearers, up winding ascents, through narrow passages, trap-doors, and strange-formed iron works, into an immense kitchen of Gothic or rather Saracen architecture, where a deformed and melancholy-looking old woman...
Page 49 - Being who is the protector of the friendless was scarcely sufficient to support their fainting spirits when the ruffians rode off with them into the most intricate part of the forest. The moon was now completely obscured, and scarcely a ray of light could penetrate through the surrounding gloom. Along narrow, winding, and uneven paths, these ruffians rode, until cautiously descending a sudden and steep declivity, our three dismayed females found themselves at the brink of a rapid stream, where a...
Page 47 - Buscara, and Victoria thought all contention with them vain ; but signora Bernini now convinced that there was some collusion between the postillions and a banditti, roused at once all the spirit she was mistress of, declared she would not be trifled with, and commanded the attendants immediately to compel the drivers to turn back to the last inn they had stopped at near the foot of the Pyrenees. Grumbling at an order which they considered so unreasonable, the attendants were proceeding slowly to...
Page 47 - Victoria and Hero felt new alarms; whilst Octavia, more accustomed to travelling, appeared perfectly composed, until the rising of the moon, which in some degree becalmed the fears of her companions, first awakened hers, by its bright beams, which now and then penetrated through the thick foliage of the wood, discovering to her that the road they were slowly passing over was an unbeaten turf, that bore not the vestage of a single wheel, or any trace whatever of being frequented.
Page 81 - ... centre of which stood a colossal statue of Neptune, from whose trident was suspended a human skeleton in good preservation. From this sight Victoria and Octavia shrunk in horror. Hero shrieked. " What ails you, ladies ?" said Juan with a malignant sneer. " That is only the entrance to our dissection-room ; perhaps some day or another I may have the honour of being appointed-to take you to it.
Page 61 - ... intelligence, and the depravity of the boasting murderer, harrowed up the very souls of Victoria and Octavia ; while Hero, now deprived of all reason, in fancy beheld the weapon of death levelled at her, and upon her knees vehemently implored Juan to spare her life. •
Page 46 - It was past sun-set, and the dusk of evening was gliding faster into the darker shades of night, when, having entered an extensive valley at the foot of the Pyrenees, the carriage suddenly struck out of the main road into a winding path through a thick and gloomy forest. Victoria and Hero felt new alarms; whilst Octavia, more accustomed to travelling, appeared perfectly composed, until the rising of the moon, which in some degree becalmed the fears of...

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