Warbeck of Wolfstein Volume 2

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1820 Excerpt: ... recovering her presence of mind, she attempted to retreat; the crowd, however, pressing near her, she was Compelled to remain stationary long enough to hear the whole of Wolfstei'n's address to Vallenstein, she, meanwhile, supposing herself undiscovered by him. When at length she escaped to a distance from the singular being, in whose influence over her destiny she had acquired almost an implicit belief, she paused to reflect on the measure she had best adopt. "Shall I retire immediately, and secure myself from the risk of meeting him this evening? Should I do so, my evasion will be the theme of general speculation--he will argue from it that I fear him, and although by flight this evening I might procrastinate the rencontre, happen it must; for Wolfstein will be every where." She was confined entirely to her own resources, for in this assembly no one shared her secrets; and whether her remaining was the result of sound reflection, or of that fatal influence in which she was inclined to believe, it is impossible now to determine; we will, therefore, return to Wolfstein and Vallenste'in. The former, ere his stunned and baffled rival could shake off his astonishment, drew from beneath his gown a packet, which he advised Vallenstein to conceal in his bosom. "They are private," said he, "and only for your own eye: consume them when perused." All these proofs of intimate confidence reposed in this man by his father confounded the senses of Vallenstein; he could scarcely believe himself awake, or that it was indeed Wolfstein with whom he conversed. "It seems, sir," said he," youwouldfain persuade me that all the past is a dream; that the deep, intense, inveterate enmity which has reigned mutually between us, and which has instigated you to the foulest villanies, ...