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self as a most advantageous lodger to Mr. Goodwin, sir, when, Heaven knows, we almost wanted bread : but, sir, you had female relations; you talked of no introduction to them. Your views might have been pure as honour could form; yet, every circumstance considered, it was Mr. Goodwin's duty to suspect you. You have since laid us under incalculable obligations to you-Nay, sir, why start, or blush at your goodness ?–Mr. Goodwin has, since I left town, traced you as the source of much of our late prosperity. You have been the means of giving us bread to feed our darding children--you have opened to us views most flattering; and yet.”

No more I beseech you, most inestimable guardian of unprotected innocence !" exclaimed Fitzroy, struggling with visible, almost overpowering emotion. doubted my honour, you acted rightly, nobly. It is now my duty to convince you that you were unjust, though praiseworthy. Lady Delamore shall obtain for me admission to your house. But what will that avail me? Julia De Clifford's affections, I fear, are not for me!”

Indeed,” said Julia, in a tumult of asto.

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nished and overpowering sensations, but with the most striking artlessness" In-deed, sir, you do know not that, for I do know it not myself. But did-did Mr. Goodwin (oh, so good he is !)—did he sacrifice his own interest in consideration of me? May Heaven forgiveness make for me!-I did call myself unfortunate so much often, and I had fallen into the hands for the good Samaritan!”_and she now threw herself upon the bosom of Mrs. Goodwin, and kissed her in fervent gratitude.

Fitzroy took Julia's hand, and pressed it with ardour to his lips." Ten thousand, thousand thanks for even this small

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of hope!” he said. “ But should it

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de lusive. Oh, Julia!"

“ But why despair ?” said Mrs. Goodwin: “ and is not the heart of Miss De Clifford. worth some little trouble to obtain ?"

“ Worth!” exclaimed Fitzroy.--" What is it not worth? I will gladly and gratefully accept this faint ray of hope, in the fond and flattering expectation of its at. length leading me, though long the pilgrimage, to the pure shrine of Julia's heart-a heart, I see, tremblingly alive to every tenderness but love."

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Heyday!” cried Mrs. Goodwin, gayly. “My good sir, what is it you can expect? I fear, by this most premature despondence, the women have spoiled you; and that it has hitherto been, Ask, and you shall have;' not, · Seek, and perchance you may find. Can you expect, the moment you feel an inclination for the affections of such a woman as Miss De Clifford, that she is, at your nod, to throw them to you? If such was your hope, you lightly estimated her. She will give her heart with caution, believe me ; for where she gives, the gift will be for ever.”

Oh, that I know that I feel; and that makes me so anxious, perhaps precipitately so, in striving to obtain it.”

“ And so impatient into the bargain,” said Mrs. Goodwin. “ But remember, gems are only to be obtained by toil and perseverance. Think if the jewel enclosed in this little casket is worth acquiring, if so, let lady Delamore be your guide_family concurrence, and perseverance, your auxiliaries; and you may not find the way to my young friend's heart quite so tedious a pilgrimage as you seem to apprehend: and if you are not quite old and decrepid, com

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pletely worn out with time and anxious toil, when you arrive there, and that you should gain the treasure

“Oh!" exclaimed Fitzroy, with the most striking animation, “ that ecstatic supposition shall lead me on, even by the way, and with the very auxiliaries you have pointed out. The approbation of my father, I may say, I am already in possession of; for so anxious is he for my presenting him with a daughter, that he has long since told me, 'my choice, whoever she might be, should be welcome to his heart;' and oh! Mrs. Goodwin, what rapture it will be to me (if such enviable happiness is in store for me), to prove to my kind, indulgent father, I have not abused the confidence he reposed in me, by presenting to him Julia De Clifford, as the wife my heart has chosen.”

“ Well, remember the old adage,” said Mrs. Goodwin, gayly, of— Faint heart never won fair lady

May we ask what occasioned that excellent proverb, cited by Mrs. Goodwin ?" said lord Gaythorn, who, with Mrs. Hargrave, Miss Penrose, lord Francis Lorain doctor Sydenham, and Charles Goodwin, now entered the drawing-room.

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“ We were, my lord, talking of ancient times,” replied Mrs. Goodwin, with infinite self-possession, yet fearing the timid confusion of the still-blushing Julia, and the apparent emotion of Fitzroy, would betray the fact. “ And, above all things, Mr. Fitzroy approves the length of Jacob and Rachel's courtship, and strongly recommends patient, plodding perseverance, in all lovematters: so, my lord, to strengthen his arguments, I supplied his memory with an old musty adage.”

I must ever admire the man, whose opinions and conduct so exactly coincide," said lord Francis, smiling: “and Fitzroy is a man renowned for patience, and who would, I am certain, rival even Jacob himself, in acquiescent fortitude and forbearance, were-deformity or age the object of his pursuit

Fitzroy may be renowned for patience," said lord Gaythorn ; " but none of us, I apo prehend, can, with justice, be celebrated for our politesse or humanity, as we have never once made any inquiry how Miss De Clifford finds herself after her indispasition, which I was truly grieved to hear led her from church.”

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