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and would so remain, till the gentleman had discovered his.

And are there fome situations, in which a woman must conceal her true sentiments? In which it would be thought immodesty to speak out?-Why was I born with an heart to open and fincere? But why, indeed, as Sir Charles has said in his Letter relating to the Danby's, should women be blamed, for owning modestly a passion for a worthy and suitable object? Is it, that they will not speak out, left, if their wishes should not be crowned with fuecess by, one man, they Thould deprive themselves of a chance to succeed with another ? Do they not propose to make the man they love, happy? ---And is it a crime to acknowlege, that they are so well disposed to a worthy object? A worthy object, I repeat; for that is what will warrant the open heart. What a littleness is there in the custom that compels us to be insincere? And suppose we do not succeed with a fiift object, shall we cheat a future Lover with the notion that he was the first?

Hitherto I had aeled with some felf-approbation : I told Mr. Greville, Mr. Fenwick, Mr. Orme, Mr. Fowler, that I had not seen the man to whom I could wish to give my hand at the altar : But when I found my heart engaged, I was defirous Lady D. should know that it was. But yet, milled by this fame notion of delicacy, I could think myself obliged to the two sisters, and my Lord, that they endeavoured to throw a blind over the eyes of good Dr. Bartlett : When the right measure, I now think, would have been, not to have endeavoured to obtain lights from him, that we all thought he was not commissioned to give ; or, if we had, to have related to him the whole truth, and not have put on disguises to him ; but to have left him wholly a judge of the fit, and the unfit.

And this is Love, is it? that puts an honest girl upon approving of such tricks ? Begone, Love! i banish thee if thou wouldît corrupt the fimplicity of that heart, which was taught to glory in truth.


And yet, I had like to have been drawn into a greater fault: For, What do you think?--Miss Grandison had (by some means or other ; she would not tell me how) in Dr. Bartlett's absence on a visit to one of the Canons of Windsor, got at a letter brought early this morning from her brother to that good man, and which he had left opened on bis desk.

Here, Harriet, said the, is the letter fo lately brought, not perhaps quite honestly come at, from my brother to Dr. Bartlett (holding it out to me). You are warmly mentioned in it. Shall I put it where I had it? Or will you so far partake of my fault as to read it first?

O Miss Grandifon! said I; And am I warmly mentioned in it? Pray oblige me with the perusal of it. And I held out my more than half guilty hand, and took it: But (immediately recollecting myself ) did you not hint that you came at it by means not honeft ? --Take it again ; I will not partake of your fault. But, cruel Charlotte ! how could you tempt me lo? And I laid it on a chair,

Read the first paragraph, Harriet. She took it up, unfolded it, and pointed to the first paragraph.

Tempter ! faid I, how can you with me to iin tate our first pattern! And down I fat, and put both my hands before my eyes. Take it away, take it away, while yet I am innoćent !--Dear Miss Grandifon, don't give me cause for self-reproach. I will not par. take of your acknowleged fault.

She read a line or two; and then said, Shail licüd farther, Harriet? The very next word is your name. I will

No, no, no, said I, putting my fingers in my ears. -Yet, had you come honeitly by it, I should have longed to read it-By what means

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Why, if people will leave their closet-doors open, let them take the consequence.

If people will do fo-But was it so?-And yet, if it was, would you be willing to have your letters looked into ?

Well then, I will carry it back-Shall I? (holding it out to me) Shall I, Harriet ?-I will put it where I had it-Shall I? And iwice or thrice went from me, and came back to me, with a provoking archness in her looks.

Only tell me, Miss Grandison, is there any-thing in it that


brother would not have us see? -But' I am sure, there is, or the obliging Dr. Bartlett, who has shewn us others, would have favoured us with communicating the contents of this.

I would not but have seen this letter for half I am worth! O Harriet! there are such things in it-Bologna ! Paris ! Grandifon-hall !

Be gone, Siren: Letters are sacred things. Replace it-Don't you own, that you came not honestly by it? - And yet

Ah! Lucy, I was ready to yield to the curiofity The had raised : But, recollecting myself, Be gone, faid I: Carry back the letter: I am afraid of myself.

Why, Harriet, here is one passage, the contents of which you must be acquainted with in a very little while

I will not be tempted, Miss Grandison. I will stay till it is communicated to me, be it what it will.

But you may be surprised, Harriet, at the time, and know not what answer to give to it.—You had as good read it-Here, take it~Was there ever such a fcrupulous creature? - It is about you and Emily

About me and Emily ! O Miss Grandison, What can there be about me and Emily?

And where's the difference, Harriet, between afk. ing me about the contents, and reading them ?-But I'll tell you


No, you shall not : I will not hear the conter's. I never will ask you. Can nobody act greatly but your brother? Let you and me, Charlotte, be the better for his example. You shall neither read them, nor tell me of them. I would not be so used myself.

Such praises did I never hear of woman !-Oh, Harriet ! --Such praises

Praises, Charlotte !-From your brother - this curiosity! the first fault of our first parent ! But I will not be tempted. If you provoke me to ask questions, laugh at me, and welcome: But I beseech you, an{wer me not. Dear creature, if


me, replace the letter; and do not seek to make me mean in niy own eyes.

How you reiect upon me, Harriet ! --But let me ask you, Are you willing, as a third fifter, to take Emily into your guardianship, and carry her down with you into Northamptonshire? - Answer me that.

AŃ! Miss Grandison! And is there such a proposal mentioned as that?-But answer me not, I beseech you. Whatever proposal is intended to be made me, let it be made: It will be too soon, whenever that is, if it be a disagreeable one.

But let me say, madam (and tears were in my eyes.) that I will not be treated with indignity by the best man on earth. And while I can refuse to yield to a thing that I think unworthy of myself (you are a sister, madam, and have nothing either to hope or fear) I have a title to act with spirit, when occasions call for it.

My dear, you are serious - Twice madam, in one breath! I will not forgive you. You ought now to hear that passage read, which relates to you and Emily, if you will not read it yourself.

And she was looking for it; I suppose, intending to read it to me.

No, Miss Grandison, said I, laying my spread hand upon the letter; I will neither read it, nor hear it


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read. I begin to apprehend, that there will be occafion for me to exert all my fortitude; and while it is yet in my power to do a right or a wrong thing, I will not deprive myself of the consciousness of having merited well, whatever may be my lot-Excuse me, madam.

I went to the door, and was opening it--when she ran to me-Dear creature ! you are angry with me : But how that pride becomes you! There is a dignity in it that awes me. O Harriet ! how infinitely does it become the only woman in the world, that is worthy of the best man in it! Only say, you are not angry with me. Say that you can and do forgive me.

Forgive you, my Charlotte!- I do. say, that you came not honestly by that letter, and yet forgive yourself? But, my dear Miss Grandison, instantly replace it; and do you watch over me, like a true friend, if in a future hour of weakness you Thould find me desirous to know any of the contents of a paper so naughtily come at. I own that I had like to have been overcome : And if I had, all the information it would have given me, could never have recompensed me for what I should have suffered in my own opinion, when I reflected on the means by which I had obtained it.

Superior creature! how you sh me me! I will replace the letter. And I promise you, that if I cannot forget the contents of it myself (and yet ihey are glorious to my brother) I will never mention any of them to you; unless the letter be fairly communicated to you, and to us all.

I threw my arms about her neck. She fervently returned the sisterly embrace. We separated ; she retiring at one door, in order to go up to replace the letter; I at the other, to re-consider all that had pafled on the occasion. And I hope I shall love her the better for taking so kindly a behaviour so contrary to what her own had been,


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