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and brus enabled to gain the gate unobserved. Nearly ed ac all the servants had betaken themselves to the Exze da front of the house to gaze at the soldiers, so Frized that the fugitives

, without encountering a soul, nga dit began mounting the back stairs, it being Ade1, she stilline's intention to conceal her companion in

one of the unoccupied garrets. The sound of

rices and descending footsteps, however, sudch bedenly compelling her to abandon her purpose, a bisbe darted across a narrow passage into a wide

cxridor, turned into Helen's painting-room, brushered Reuben into a light closet at the further

ead, where her sister kept her colours and the
extupi implements of her art, bade him lock the door

on the inside, and telling him she would pre-
xently return to conduct him to a better hiding
place

, burried down stairs again to await the
return of Helen, and consult with her what
was best to be done in this most agitating

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crisis.

On the arrival of Lady Crockatt's carriage
at the gate of Harpsden Hall, Emily suggested
that to avoid giving any unnecessary pain to
Lady Trevanian, especially as her son the

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VOL II.

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50

REUBEN APSLEY.

Captain, and two of his brother officers, were understood to be in the drawing-room, it might be advisable to betake themselves to the painting-room, where they might perhaps find Helen, and whither she might at all events be summoned to enter upon an eclaircissement of the mysterious apparition, and the words reported to have been uttered in the summerhouse. To this proposition her companions willingly assented, and they accordingly proceeded to the room in question, Lady Crockatt taking the lead, when Reuben, unused to these hide-and-seek emergencies, tapped gently with his knuckle against the door, exclaiming at the same time in a whisper, “Miss Trevanian! Miss Trevanian! is the coast clear ? can I make

my escape now ?” “ I will swear that this is the same voice we heard in the summer-house !" cried Mrs. Chatsworth, while her face flared up with a malicious joy. “Better and better ;---concealed now in the closet of her own painting-room! Well, my dear Miss Hartfield, what say you to this?"

“My salts ! my salts! what will the world

zak ispoke, and finding it locked, shook it violently,

clear facter ; but I will drag him out, and expose

indignant passion, as she cried in a still louder tone-Coine forth,'thou villain!' come forth

care se come to next=was there ever L-Eugh! my 2.0 heart-burn" ejacuated Lady Crockatt; while Tia Miss Crawley, lifting up her hands, eyes, box thepist and shoulders, all at once, pronounced with at al regularly increasing emphasis the words

“Horrid ! shocking! abominable ! 'scandalous ! the rebeastly !"

With a face of crimson, and staring eyes, Emily had stood for a few seconds transfixed Land

aghast ; but suddenly recollecting herself, Lider the cried out in a loud and passionate voice,

"This is some worse than Popish plot, some damnable and deep-laid conspiracy to ruin Helen. This fellow may be some sorry scoundeel who has been hired to assassinate her cha

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his infamy; I will tear him from his hiding płace; be he the devil himself he shall show bis face, and confess his falsehood." --She grasped the handle of the closet door as she

eterý vein of her reddened face swelling with

might occasion, flashed at once upon Helen's anxiety and distress; but without losing her self-possessions she only paused sko cexclaim, “ ( Adeline ! Adeline! tol whatu hanes ovou

thou traitor ! thou i pestilent defamercof the is
inocent, come forth. Thou slanderer, thqu like
thou base, lurking assassin ! come forth, onb
Heaven, I will raise the house, and have the
door battered from its hingesu: 13
At this juncture Helen, having teturneditt

. the house, thad learnt in a hurried communice, tion with Adeline that Reuben was concealed in her closet, that he was provided with loaded pistols, that Captain Trevanian was in the drawing-room, and that she had just caught a glimpse of a party of ladies, whom she :supposed to be Lady Crockatt and some lof her friends, as they entered the painting-room, though she could not possibly divine, their motive for not being regularly announced by the servantsi

All the complicated dangers of this terrible crisis, and the tragical results, it mind; the blood mounted to her cheeks,' and her countenance exhibited an expression iof

which are privy to his concealment !" ejaculated Emily.

as por men, Emily, forbear! Be silent, I conjure you, she hals The consequences of a discovery at the present

pestkat it exposed mel" and immediately hurried towards

The same the painting-roopa. 10 Catching ithe loude and would oryangry voice of her friend as she advanced, she

the be a ran forward, rushed into the apartment, dis5 hings engaged the hand that was still violently shakFelesa

, bez aing the door, planted herself against it, and in a buite exclaimed with an appealing earnestness, and a

eager agitation, " For the love of HeaTerazione

al implore you ! Nobody shall enter this closet.

Reuben

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dias de moment might be fatal."

4 Then there is a discovery there is a man secreted in the closet, and you

to be made

licated

The indignation which had hitherto braced her voice and feelings refused any longer to support her, she burst into tears, and sobbed out in broken accents, “0 Helen, Helen TreFanian! 'I could not have believed this pos

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"Well, imy dear, is this enough for you? Are you satisfied now ?" inquired Mrs. Cliats

worth tauntingly:

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