The Pastor's Fire-side
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Publisher: Date:8/4/2009 - General Books LLC
By: Jane Porter
Excerpt from book: CHAP. III. Though Ripperda had made it a point with the Empress, that there should be no public intimation given of the proposed marriage of her favourite with his son, until the Queen's consent should arrive: it is probable Her Majesty might have sent it abroad by a private whisper, had she not seen the prudence of not stimulating the ill offices of the Princess de Waradin, and others, by any hint that the heir they courted for their daughters was promised to their proudest er.emy. When Elizabeth appeared to grant this silence as a favo'ur, she insisted that it should not deter Louis from making his daily visits at the Altheim apartments : it was a respect due to the amiable forbearance of his future bride: and it should always be in the presence of one of her confidential ladies, who was also a friend of the Countess. Louis had now abandoned himself to his fate. But he had hardly given full sway to compulsive duty, and to the pleasing credulity that was re-awakened by compassion, before a thousand circumstances arose, to bid all his former repugnance return. The veil of imagination had been too forcibly rent from his eyes, ever to pass again between him and the object of his past idolatry. Unblinded by its delusions, every succeeding day shewed him clearer views of a character she vainly sought to disguise in assumed sentiment and delicacy. He perceived that her defects were not merely those of a perverting education, hut of a radically warped mind. She had no spontaneous taste for moral greatness. Grandeur was her object: but it was tTfat of station, of splendour, of dictating power. But still she loved him! loved him with a devotion, a fondness, a bewitching fascination, that, at times, made him almost forget she was not the perfection that might have been the mist...