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ere ornamented, in the absence of almost || were fantastically ornamented with artificial every species of clothing.
flowers of variegated hues, such as we see the We now proceeded to the convent of poor lovelorn Ophelia upon
our mimic St. —; and ou making known our wish to boards. see Donna Maria, were admitted into the The first minute of this meeting of the long parlour, where sat a jolly friar, whilst two or separated friends passed in expressive silence, three of the buns were conversing with him which was at last broken by Douna Maria, through the grate; the Lady Albess now who spoke of her happiness on this unexpect. made her appearance, and as many of the ed meeting ; then bastily adverting to ber our nuns in succession as could assemble at the happiness in this scene of religious seclusion, grate, which was about six fcet square, and congratulated herself on being detached froin would easily admit a bead between the bars. a vain world, and thus mystically wedded to The professed nuns were in gencral old, and Christ, as being completely separated from all from their looks of settled sorrow, as well as earthly ties except her love for her child, the effects of their meagre diet, could not be whom she intended to dedicate to God as soon called handsome, though some of them were as the ordinances of the society would permit extremely interesting ; we were introduced to her them ii succession, and seenied to be as much The scene was becoming too affecting, when a show to tbem as tbey were to us; particu. a hasty message from the Abbess announced larly the childreu, with whom they were much that the bell rang for vespers, obliged us to delighted, and we could not belp smiling when part abruptly; but on retiring from the coneach successive party, after admiring the little vent, an ancient lay sister beckoned us to ones, invariably asked “who was their fatber?" || follow ber.-Curious to see the issue of this
To gratify their curiosity, we made our adventure, we advanced towards a garden door friend B-, stand in the front, what excited which led into the cemetery, and crossing it 50 much titter among these female clergywomen, 1 silently under the shade of the branching particularly with two buxom lasses who were palun-trees, we entered the sick ward, where only clad in the white veil of noviciate, that were two or three of the elder nuns, and were the Lady Abbess, fearful the slumbers of the immediately joined by Donna Maria and her two latter might be disturbed, ordered them little girl. Surprized at this occurreoce, so away, and we saw them no more.
contrary to our ideas of their customs, we enseemed to pay very little attention to our fair iquired by what magic it was that we bad thus companiou ; those who did speak to her talked obtained admittance; when they informed us of the happiness of their situation and lament- that Donna Maria being unwell was excused ed her fate in being exposed to all the horrors as well as the others from attending the régoof a bustling world. A variety of artificial lar service in the church to which the convent flowers, toys of sbrines and saints in cut paper, was attached, though not exempt from the aud embroidery, were oftered to our notice, and matins, vespers, and vigils in their own we were given to understaud that we might chapel. purchase these, as the produce went to procure Some refreshments were then handed to us the holy sisters some little indulgences of fruit, il in a burried manner, and the moment of part. &c. beyoud the meagre fare of the convent, | ing arrived.- Donna Maria almost involun. whose fuuds were rather on a circumscribed tarily could not belp noticing the situation of scale.
her friend, thus accompanied by her husband On enquiring again for Donna Maria, they is and her children, and surrounded by her told us that her feelings had prevented her as countrymen, going as she observed to a land yet from joining is; however she now ap- of liberty and happiness! --She adverted again proached, leading her little daughter by the tu her own hai pines, but the exertion was hand, our most ardent ideas were here surpassed too much for her spirits, her tears burst forth by the interesting appearance of the poor | amidst the most heart-rending sighs, which secluded mourner, who stole slowly upon our even some among us, who had been accustom. expectation in the sable veil of profession and ed to scenes of horror, could not behold unin the deepest mourning; the effect of this || moved.-One last parting embrace was all was strongly contrasted by the appearance of
tbord remained for the two friends -We rush. the young Maria, clad in white, her auburn ed out of the conveni, and the last rays of the locks playing round an intelligent countenance departing sun, now oniy gilding the highest smiling eveu in despile of monastic austerity, spires in the city, warned us of our departure ; whilst her head, and the whole of her dress, but the doors of the church being open, ko
walked silently in, and were enchanted with the spot appropriated to the ouns; entranced the slow and solemn responses which, wasted a while we stood listening to their heavenly through the fong drawn aisles, sounded like a chorusses, but the recollection that we were 10 requiem to the repose of departed spirits. A sail the next morning, and the thoughts of silkeu curtain drawn across a gallery into | home wbich even then came across our miuus, which a door led from the convent, marked ll impelled us to a hasty departure.
CURIOUS ANECDOTE OF HENRIETTA DUCHESS OF ORLEANS.
WHOever reverts to the reign of Charles II. ;' ghost, bad really produced this extreme terror must recollect the share which his sis- i determined to examine into the mystery, and ter the Princess Henrietta, wife of the Duke having rambled at the witching hour of night, of Orleans, had in his political connexion with towards the haunted arbour, soon got a full the French court. Her death was extremely view of the ghost. His courage however was sudden, and bas generally been supposed to equal to his curiosity, advancing towards the have been caused by vufair means, nor did phantom he threatened it with a sound cudgelher husband escape suspicion; the manner in ling, if it did not say who and what in was.-wbich it was accomplished, however, is not “Ah! my good Sir," exclaimed the terrified generally kuown. A valet de chambre in her ghost,“ pray do not burt me, I am only poor service, just previous to the moment of his Philippinette !" death, confessed that a person about the court This poor Philippinette was an old woman came into the dining room, opened a beaufet, l of a neighbouring village, more than seventy and having taken out the goblet always used years old, without a tooth ju her head, and by the Princess, rubbed it with some paper. The frightful enough from her glaring eyes, hook valet asked him what he was doing at the nose, and distended mouth, to have passed at beaufet? and why he touched the Princess's any time for an inhabitant of the infernal goblet? The other immediately answered, “I regious; being seized, and brought up to the am thirsty, I looked for something to drink, palace, she was ordered to prison, but released and the goblet being dusty, I have wiped it at the instance of a Priucess of the blood; who with the paper."
having sent for the beldame, asked her what After dinner the devoted Henrietta called for could have prompted her to tbis representaher usual draught of chicory water; but had tion of a spirit, at such untimely hours, when no sooner swallowed it than she cried out “ill she ought to have been in her bed.--"Ah! am poisoned."-Many of those who were Madame," exclaimed the hag, with great simpresent had drank of this chicory water, but plicity," at my age one sleeps so little! oue irot out of the same goblet; they sofl'ered no in- must have something to amuse them. Nothing convenience from it, but the Princess grew ever amused me so much in youth as to play rapidly worse and being carried to bed, linger- the ghost; and I was certain that those who ed out the viglit in most horrible torments, might not dread my white habit, would be and expired before the break of day. The sufficiently terrified when they saw my face. manner and circumstances of her death scem Those whom I frightened made so many to have made some impression upon the profii- grimaces, that I was like to die with laughing; gale yet superstitious followers of the court, this sport was my only amusement, and chear and a report was soon current and universally led me in all my labour of carrying burthens believed at St. Cloud, that the spirit of the through the day.” Princess appeared every night in an arbour of If all other ghost stories were investigated the garden, where she had often been accus. as closely it would generally be found that they tomed to spend much of her time when alive. originate from some cause of the same kind; One evening a servant of the cow't passing by not all perhaps proceeding from the tricks of the arbour, saw sometbing all in white, and
the fair sex; though some may thiuk it na. which suddenly encreased in size; terrified at
tural enough that those wbo play the devil with the apparition de Ned, and liaving told the the men in their youth, should amuse themcause of his alarm, fell sick and died. A few selves with playing the ghost, in their more ad: days after, an officer of the guards fully per- vanced years. suaded that something, though perhaps not a