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THE LITERARY MESSENGER.
A Magazine Devoted to Literature, Science and Art.
RICHMOND, JANUARY, 1864.
AGNES. A NOVEL.
lty, firm glances, and to hear the slow, dis-
cime when the bell summoned her attend-
Mr. Elmsworth himself had no Agnes was excessively annoyed, as An- fancy for meeting Agnes in what he called tonio had said, when she discovered that
“her Davenant moods," still less Fanohon. Count Serimia was to be so familiarly as. So Agnes's life became more and more resociated with them, in their future travels. stricted within her aunt's sick room. She Mrs. Elmswerth was scarcely less troubled could not but notice how many little offices tban ber neice, but they both knew it to be of considerate kindness and thoughtfulworse than useless to attempt any exposness were shown to both her aunt and hertulation with Mr. Elmsworth, who never self by the courier Frascati. He seemed consulted any will save his own, and re- to have a magical consciousness of their cently, Count Serimia's. Mrs. Elmsworth wants, and Agnes felt continually as if inhad grieved greatly at parting with the numerable little annoyances and discomfaithful Mrs. Lucy, and the substitution of forts were warded off, contrary to her anFanchon. It was a very serious discom- ticipations, by some strong unseen arm. fort to her, for Fanchon spoke very little She had a strange feeling of confidence in English, so that she was of little use to the unknown poor courier, and she really the poor invalid, who became consequent- was most grateful to him for her aunt's ly more and more dependeut upon her sake. Frascati had suggested to Mr. Elms. niece. Nobly did Agnes respond to the worth that it would be far more convenient calls of duty. She herself had conceived for him to occupy a carriage with Il Conte, a dislike and prejudice instinctively against and he (Frascati,) on the box, and to take the fawning, crafty, French maid, with another for madame, who was so ill, who her restless cat-like eyes. Fanchon was was best with the Signorina and Fanchon, always bright, active, ready to do all and than to have one huge post-chaise. Mr. more than was demanded of her, but Mrs. Elmsworth heartily concurred in this. SeElmsworth seemed to shrink from having ! rimia dared not object to the arrangement, ber about her so much that Agnes quietly though it separated him almost entirely absumed all the duties which had been from Agnes, whom he scarcely ever saw, performed for her aurt by Mrs. Lucy, and He consoled himself by thinking it would Fanchon's place was little better than a be better when they were stationary, as sinecure. Fanchon attempted on several they travelled very slowly, stopping someoccasions to intrude herself and her atten. times for a day or so, according as Mrs. tions upon the invalid, but Agnes, with all Elmsworth's strength failed; but by some her womanliness, knew perfectly well how. unaccountable means, he was balked even to keep people in their places, and Fan. then, and yet in such ways that he could chon, after several essays, had no desire to not suspect any design, and though disrisk encountering again one of those haugh. satisfied, had nothing of which he could