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One day, while he was indulging in reflections of this nature, D'Rosonio observed him attentively. “All is not right in the mind of my friend, (cried he); tell me Stephano, what disturbs thee?"

Montalva evaded the question, and the count continued, “ I have thought since I have myself known the delights of domestic happiness, that thou mightest perhaps have sighed for them ; forgive me, but the depression which I have for some time perceived makes me think that an attachment to some fair one, rich only in the gifts of nature, preys upon the spirits of my friend ; if this is the case Montalva, thou knowest that my fortune is thine.

“ I thank thee from my soul, D’Rosonio (said Stephano), but thou art mistaken; no my friend, I have done with love, the perfidy of Bianca has steeled my heart against the attractions of beauty ; and should I ever marry, it must be tu a woman possessed of sufficient riches to restore the fading honours

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I thank thy generous friendship, already have I been but too . much obliged to thee.”

Soon after this conversation, a youthful friend of the countess's arrived at the castle; never had Montalva beheld such beauty, but Valeria Di Soranza was poor; to think of her as a wife was impossible; and the friendship with which the countess regarded her, made Montalva fear to endeavour to gain her as a mistress ; she was an orphan and of noble birth ; young, artless, and formed for love, her heart soon spoke in favour of Montalva ; the graces of whose person and manners were indeed most striking. He saw, and ungenerously pursued the advantage he had gained, and the unfortunate Valeria soon became deeply attached to him.

Had Valeria been rich, Montalva would not have hesitated to avow his passion for her, but to give her his hand, and owe to the generosity of D'Rosonio the portion of his bride, was a humilia

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“ Confusion ! (said he mentally); what am I about? I will return to Naples, and in the smiles of venal beauty, lose the remembrance of Valeria.”

He mentioned his intentions to the count that day ; Yaleria was present, and he watehed her looks while he spoke of leaving the castle; she avoided meeting his eye, but the deep suffüsion of her cheek, the ashy palepess that

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