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you, only show him the ring on which Can. O! my daughter, compel his own name is engraved.

me not to neglect my daily devotions. Sac. [Sturting.] My heart flutters [Sighing.] No, my forrow will not at the bare apprehenfion which you be diminished.-Can it cease, my be. have raised.

loved, when the plants which rise Pri. Fear not, sweet Sacontala: luxuriantly, from the hollowed grains love always raises ideas of misery, which thy hand has ftrown before which are seldom or never realised. my cottage, are continually in my

Sarn. Holy fage, the sun has ri- fight?-Go, may thy journey prosen to a considerable height: let the sper. queen basten her departure.

[Sacontala goes out with Gautami Sac. [Again embracing Canna.) and the truo Mifras. When, my father, oh! when again Both Damsels. [Looking after Safhali I behold this asylum of virtue? contala will ungujh.] Alas! alas !

Can. Daughter, when thou lhalt our beloved is hidden by the thick long have been wedded, like this trees. fruitful earth, to the pious monarch, Can. My children, since your and shalt have borne him a son, whose friend is at length departed, check car shall be matchless in battle, thy your immoderate grief, and follow lord shall transfer to him the burden

[They all turn back. of empire, and thou, with thy Duh- Both. Holy father, the grove will manta, shalt again seek tranquillity, be a perfect vacuity without Sacontabefore thy final departure, in this lo- la. ved and consecrated grove.

Can. Your affection will certain. Gaut. My child, the proper timely give it that appearance.-[He walks for our journey paffes away rapidly: round, meditating-1-Ah me Yes; fuffer thy father to return.-Go, ve- at last my weak mind has attained its nerable man, go back to thy manfion, due firmness after the departure of from which the is doomed to be so my Sacontala.-In truth, a daughter long absent.

mult sooner or later be the property Can. Sweet child, this delay in- of another; and, having now fent terrupts my religious duties.

her to her lord, I find my soul clear Sac. You, my father, will per- and undisturbed, like that of a man form them long withour sorrow; but who has restored to its owner, an inI, alas! am destined to bear affic- estimable deposit which he long had tion.

kept with folicitude. [They go out.

me.

The History of Madam Tiquet, condemned for attempting the Afassination of her

Husband. THE

HE commission of signal crimes tive to virtuous ambition ; whereas

requires no less courage and the reftraints of natural conscience, firmness of mind, than the atchieving the infamy which awaits the crimienterprizes of great virtue ; nay, one nal, and the danger that threatens might say, that there is even a great him in his villainous career, are so er degree of resolution necessary to many powerful obstacles which rethe former than the latter ; because quire the most intrepid boldness to the glory which accompanies heroic surmount them. Hence it has been archievments, is a powerful incen- remarked, that ife rewards were ad

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Tie History of Madame Tiquet. judged to great crimes, as to extraor- ed in her, even at that early time of dinary virtues, the examples of per- life, certain indications of a depraved sons rewarded for notorious villainy, disposition, which were the sad forewould still be more rare than those of runners of her future crimes. Be the other class. So that whatever that as it will, M. Tiquet, who was horror, whatever indignation fuch ex. entirely bent upon making himself traordinary criminis may inlpire, we happy in such a match, affiduoufly cannot help viewing them with a frequented her company, and used all kind of admiration, as perions endued means to gain her affections, especiwith eätraordinary degrees of forti- ally by flattering her pride with rich tude and resolution.

and magnificent prefents, whereof the Such are the sentiments we shall aunt'took great care to enhance the have of Madam Tiquet, the history value ; on her 'birth-day he made her of whose crime and condemnation I a present of flowers intermingled wit! am going to relate.

diamonds, to the value of 15000 !iShe was the daughter of a rich This effectually gained the bookseller at Metz, whose name was lady, whose heart was already shake? Carlier, to whom she was born in the by the officious eloquence of the aunt, year 1657. To the beauty of her and the high idea the had conceived form the joined a certain air of dig- of M. Tiquet's riches.. 'Tis little to nity, and a noble mien, which, toge. be wondered if this match proved ther wth the tallness of her stature, unhappy, which was contracted opon somewhat above the middling size, di- such night acquaintance, and such stinguished her by a majestic presence, mercenary considerations ; something which commands respect and venera- even lower than charms of person tion. With all these external accom- was the determining motive with eiplishments, Nature had endued her 'ther party. M. Tiquet was so dazwith a sprightly acute turn of mind. zled with the splendor of his milt: Her father left her an orphan, at the ress's fortune, that he seemed to overage of fifteen, with a million of livres look all the beauties of her person; to be divided between her and a and she again, intoxicated with the younger brother.

chimerical impresions her aunt had Had the only been poffeffed of so given her of this lover, dreamed of opulent a fortune, he would have had nothing but the high rank and showy lovers in abundance ; judge then what equipage she was to enjoy, by wedding a circle of admirers she must have had, a man of so great quality and richesa when she was both rich, handsome, Thus they united their fortunes and ingenious. Among the relt, M. for life, equally blinded as to each o Tiquet, Counsellor of the Parliament ther; he, with respect to his mistress's of Paris, entered the list, and had ne virtue, whose frailty he might easily ver got the better of his rivals, but by have seen through, and her proneneis insinuating himself into the good gra- to expence; and she, with respect to ces of an aunt of his mistress, who a certain oddity in M. Tiquet's temhad a powerful ascendant per, and an unhappy cait of mind, that young lady. He secured this which rendered him unfit for fociety. aunt in his interest, by a kind of elo. They both believed each other to be quence, which, of all others, is the rich; but the lover was in the right, molt persuasive, and produces effects and the mistress was mistaken. Such quick as lightning; he made her a are the steps that ad to deftinjes the present of 4000 livres. Some who moft unhappy. The marriage, bowhad near accets to observe Mademoi- ever, was attended with promising selle Carlier, report, that they remark- beginnings, and seemed to have been

folemnized

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solemnized under the influence of all cuted by his creditors. This furnish, benign aulpicious constellations: A ed his fpouse with a handle to obtain fon and daughter, the fruits thereof, a separation of effects. She had two were given them by Heaven, as pled- chief grounds of discontent against ges of their tenderness, and seals of him; one, that he had imposed upon their mutual felicity.

her as to his fortune ; the other, that This happy feason could not be of she was restrained in her pleasures by long daration : the exorbitant expen- a jealous husband. ces of Madam Tiquet obliged her Her hatred being thus wrought husband, whom she had taken hither- up to fury, against a man who was to for a great fortune, to acquaint her the continual plague of her life, the with the situation of his affairs. This, forned a delign, for the sake of her with the help of a spruce gallant, own peace, to hire affallins to dispatch the Sieur Montgeorge, a captain of him. Neither the horror of such an the Guards, foon gave her a 'disguit, action, the infamy that threatened to the man she had only set her heart her, nor the hazard of ruining herself, upon for the sake of his money. These 'by farisfying fuch hell.sh revenge, begionings of diffitis action the officer were any check to her in this headso artfully improved to his own 'ad- long career. She foon found out a vantage, that in a litle time he inspi- tool ft for her purpose, a ruffian, nared her with that ilame of love which med Auguftus Cartelain, an abject she had at first kindled in him. wretch, whose business was to wait

The jealousy of the husband, which upon frangers when they arrived at this paffion awakened, served only to

Paris : To this fellow she gave a large encrease the averfion which Macam sum of money, with a promise of Tiquet had conceived to him, and ri- more, provided he would be the mivetted it the stronger in her mind. nilier of her revenge, by falling upon

What seems most singular in the a way to rid her of her husband. By character of this lady, aniidit that the fame means she gained her porter, ardour with which she burned for the and associated him in this execrable Sieur de Montgeorge, she was so far plot with Cartelain. They took their enslaved by her amorous complexion, measures foil, that the villainous deas to satisfy her desires with objects fign, by some means or other, miscarthe most vile and base. And yet, ried, though hey had planted several which is still more surprising, amidst persons in M. Tiquet's paliage, to all her disorders, the preserved such way-lay him one evening when he a decent outside deportment, and was abroad late. This first attempt knew so well to fashion her looks and having failed, the lady pretended to actions, that she was received into have altered her resolution, and that the beit companies, whereof she was The had now come to a better way

of the delight; and, in conversation had thinking. She enjoined the porter a faculty of expresling sublime and e- and Catielain inviolable secrecy as tą levated sentiments, with such an air what was pat, left their indiscretion of truth and sincerity, that none might cost them dear; and at the questioned but she felt what she spoke, same time gave them another sum of Her heart was a hideous composition money, M. Tiquet, who suspected of greatness and meanness, of paffions the porter of favouring the Sieur de poble and base.

Montgeorge, dismissed him his service, M. Tiquet, involved in a load of andtook the keys into his own custody. debt, which he had greatly encreased As soon as pight came on, he made by the expensive means he had used fact the gates, that none might have se compass this marriage, was profe- access to his house without his know.

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The History of Madame Tiquet. ledge ; and when he went out in the assured me, that in two months I shall evening, to come home late, he took get the better of all my enemies, be the key in his pocket, and when he above the fear of their malice, and be went to bed, laid it under his pillow. perfectly happy : you see plainly, maMonsieur and Madame had separate a- dam, added tlie, how little reason I partments, and never saw each other have to depend upon the lying Gyi but at table; they lived three years sey, since it is impossible for me to in the greatest coldness, without ever have any enjoyment of myself while coming to an explanation, and kept a my husband lives, who is in too good {ullen filence in each others presence; health for me to look for such a quick portending their future disasters by revolution of fortune. those dumb scenes, which are often As this was the very day of M. more lignificant indications of deadly Tiquet's affaffirtation, this discourse hate, than others which make the might have been brought as a pre. greatest noise. It was during those sumptive evidence against her; for it tedious intervals of mutual spleen and is not very probable, that this story discontent, that the lady, who was was any other but a mere fiction of still batching new expedients against her own, which her thoughts, being the object of her everlasting spite, be- turned that way, had led her to inthought her of a more fure and filent vent, perhaps to give a specious feamethod of taking him out of the way, fon for the confusion and disorder the namely, by poison; she mixed some was in, upon the point of executing baneful ingredients with a broth de- a crime of so hideous a nature. figned for her husband, and ordered a She returned home, where the Valet de Chambre to carry it to his found Madam de Senonville, one of master. But the servant, who had her friends, waiting for her. At the discovered the crime, affected to make approaches of affallination, the appeara false step, and let the broth fall to ed perfectly mistress of herself; what. the ground; after which he demanded ever emotion or qualms of conscience bis discharge ; and when he was gone, the felt within, se concealed them failed not to reveal the mystery of in- from her friend with great care, and squity.

crushed them in the bud; her counThe lady, once more disappointed tenance fhewed no signs that could of her detigo, resumed her former betray her ; the carried on the conproject, however horrid it was, dif- versation with all the composure and cluding it only to ber proper agents tranquillity imaginable. The vifirant for the execution. She entered was designed to stay with her pretty one day, in fearful emotion, into late, in order to sally the husband a the house of the Countess de little for keeping the key, and have Aunoy, where

a large company the pleasure of making him rise out of happened to be convencd. They bed to open the great gate to her ashed her what was the matter : I when she was going away. co:ne, says file, from palling two hours M. Tiquer, who was visiting a lady with the devil. You have had then in the neighbourhood, happened to but forry company, replied che Coun- kay out very late; and as he was coteis. When I say I have seen the ming home, several shots of piftols devil, rejoined the other, I mean a fa. were overheard ; upon wbich, his domous cunning woman who tells for- mesticks running up, found their ma

And pray madam, what has fter affassinared, and offered to conthe told you ? nothing, says the other, vey him to his own house; but he orbut what the baggage, I fuppose, ima- dered them to carry him back to Ma. gines will fattet my hopes. She has dam Villemur’s, whence he had come.

Madam

tunes.

Madame Tiquet, informed of the dif- charged with the odium and reproach after by her servants, flew away to of the crime, was not in the least difthis lady's house; but her husband concerted, but seemed to out-brave not allowing her to enter the cham- them with an imposing mask of innober where he was, she was obliged to cence. As soon as she had returned return. He had received three home, she had notice given her to wounds, but none of them mortal; make her escape ; these warnings were the most dangerous was near the heart, renewed every day more and more till which, according to the observation the eighth, when one of the Theatias of the surgeon who dressed it, would came into her chamber, and told her have been pierced, had that part been she had no time to lose ; that the then in its natural extenGon; but fear would instantly be arrested, unless lực making it Shrink up at the approach would quickly take on the robe of his of the affaffins, it poffeffed not the fame order, which he brought her, and get space then as at other times. I !hall into a chair which was waiting for not vouch for the truth of this obser- her in the court; that the porters had vation, but only mention it as a re- an order to carry her to a certain mark that was made by persons more place, where the would find a postskilled in anaiomy.

chaise, with people ready to convey The commiffary of the quarter, her safe to Calais, whence the might who repaired dire&tly to M. Tiquet, cross over to England. She answered, to receive his complaint, interrogated ic was for those who were conscious him what enemies he had. I have of guilt to fly, and not the innocent; none, answered he, but my own wife. that her husband was the author of

This answer confirmed the fufpicions all those reports, fo injurious to her that all the world had thrown upon honour, having a design, by such falle her. She gave them no handle, how. alarms, to engage her to fly the kingever, against her, from any external dom, that so he might be left in the indications of perplexity and distur- quiet pofession of her efture. She bance; whatever agitation reigned in thanked the Theatin, and told him her soul within, nothing of it was per- she was prepared to meet the worst, ceived without. This is somewhat having no mind to seek resource but ftrange ; but we shall see her pre- from her defence in a court of justice. fently stand the test of much greater Thus presuming, from the measures trials. The next day she went to vi- she had taken, that there was no polfit the Countess de Aụnoy : In the sibility of discovering that she was midst of the company, who had all guilt of the second affalioation, she their eyes upon her, she poffeffed her- gave herself no trouble about the first, felf with all the easiness and presence which had not come to light. of mind as if nothing bad happened. The next day, Madam de SenonThe Countess asked her, whether M. ville came to see her , and as she was Tiquet knew any of the ruffians who going away, the other said to her, had affasiinated' bim? ah! Madam, Madam, I beg the favour of you to cried the suspected lady, though he stay a little, they are just coming to knew them he would not declare it; apprehend me, and I would not chuse Pris I who am affaffinated to day. The to be alone on such an emergency. Countess said to her, she was of opi. Scarce had she done speaking, when nion that the porter who had been the Sieur Deffita, Lieutenant-Crimiput away ought to be secured, for nal, entered. She said to him, withthat he was ftrongly fufpected. Ma- out any emotion, Sir, you might have dam Tiquet, who could read in the saved yourself the trouble of bringing eyes of all the company that she was with you so great a reținue ; I was VOL. XII. No. 69

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