she wept bitterly. At length, with that artless piety, which innocence only knows, she addressed the Supreme Being, and resigned herself to his care. Her mind then gradually became peaceful and re-assured, and soon after she sunk to repose.
A Surprize--An Adventure--A Mystery
THE night passed without any alarm; Peter had remained upon his post, and heard nothing that prevented his sleeping. La Motte heard him, long before he saw him, most musically snoring; though it must be owned there was more of the bass, than of any other part of the gamut in his performance. He was soon roused by the bravura of La Motte, whose notes sounded discord to his ears, and destroyed the torpor of his tranquillity.
'God bless you, Master, what's the matter?' cried Peter, waking, 'are they come?'
'Yes, for aught you care, they might be come. Did I place you here to sleep, sirrah?'
'Bless you, Master,' returned Peter, 'sleep is the only comfort to be had here; I'm sure I would not deny it to a dog in such a place as this.'
La Motte sternly questioned him concerning any noise he might have heard in the night; and Peter full as solemnly protested he had heard none; an assertion which was strictly true, for he had enjoyed the comfort of being asleep the whole time.
La Motte ascended to the trap-door and listened attentively. No sounds were heard, and, as he ventured to lift it, the full light of the sun burst upon his sight, the morning being now far advanced; he walked softly along the chambers, and looked through a window; no person was to be seen. Encouraged by this apparent security, he ventured down the stairs of the tower, and entered the first apartment. He was proceeding towards the second, when, suddenly recollecting himself, he
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Publication information: Book title: The Romance of the Forest. Contributors: Ann Radcliffe - Author, Chloe Chard - Editor. Publisher: Oxford University Press. Place of publication: Oxford. Publication year: 1999. Page number: 59.
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