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Some Experiences of an Irish R. M.

Edith Somerville and Martin Ross

Montalbert Volume II

by Charlotte Smith




.OSALIE now saw the beloved parent, whom she yet dared not own, every day ; and the discovery of her matriage with Montalbert, which she had so much dreaded," had been the means of procuring her the knowledge of the bleffing she possessed in a mother, who now secretly indulged all the tenderness of her heart. The eldest Miss Vyvian, now Mrs. Bosworth, was still at the family feat of her husband with her sister, and her father Vol. II. s was was gone into the north during the recefi of parliament; no impediment, therefore, existed at present against Rosalie's pasting almost all her time with Mrs. Vyvian, and so happy did this indulgence make her, that, had Montalbert been in England, she would hardly have had a wish left ungratified.'

It was now indeed that such a friend was more necessary to her than ever, and it was more requisite that this dear friend should know she was a wife, since she found it was probable she should become a mother. Nothing was more immediately pressing than that Montalbert should be informed of this; but without the concurrence of Mrs. Vyvian, and indeed without her assistance, she dared not hazard a letter, which, if it fell into the hands of his mother, might be of the most fatal consequence. The two letters she had received from Montalbert were but too expressive of his despondence and uneasiness; and though he seemed to stifle part of the anguish of his heart from


tenderness towards his wjfe, she saw that the reception his mother had given him Was far from having been pleasant, and that, while he yet acknowledged the necessity of his journey, he regretted that he had made it.

But Mrs. Vyvian, who had received letters from her son, knew yet more : she had learned that one reason for the impatience, expressed by the mother of Montalbert for his return to Naples, was, that she had projected a marriage for him with the daughter of a friend of her own, who had lately lost her husband, a Roman of high rank, and was now a very rich widow. Charles Vyvian related all the advantages offered by such an alliance: on the beauty of the young widow, and her predilection in favour of Montalbert, with whom she had been acquainted before her first marriage, " he dwelt particularly; but added, laughingly, that he supposed Harry had left his heart in England, for at present he seemed as insensible to the charms of the lady," as deaf to the remonstrances of his mother. .

Mrs. Vyvian was extremely distressed by this intelligence, which she carefully avoided communicated. Though she loved JMontalbert extremely, she had many doubts whether in affairs of love he. had more honour than other gay young men. She had reason formerly to believe his principles were very free, and she could not but fear., that he might consider his marriage with Rosalie, celebrated as it had been contrary to the laws of England, as an engagement so little binding, that be might break it whenever ambition or the love of variety might induce him to it.

The situation, therefore, of this beloved child, more dear than her, was a dreadful weight on the spirits of Mrs. Vyvian; and she now felt renewed, in the person of Rosalie, all those cruel sensations which had corroded her own heart, when, betrayed by an unhappy passion into great and dangerous imprudence, stie was


compelled to undergo all the meanness of concealment, and all the terrors of detection. The similarity of their destinies hitherto endeared to her mother this lovely unfortunate young woman, who seemed too likely to be doubly a victim; yet, circumstanced as she was herself, she could not protect her openly, and even trembled every. time she reflected that, with the return of the family of her husband, the indulgence of ever seeing Rosalie must be resigned; and that they must equally stifle their fears and their affections.

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