The Mysteries of Udolpho - Vol. 2

The Mysteries of Udolpho - Vol. 2

The Mysteries of Udolpho - Vol. 2

The Mysteries of Udolpho - Vol. 2

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CHAPTER XXV

Then, oh, you blessed ministers above,
Keep me in patience; and, in ripen’d time,
Unfold the evil which is here wrapt up
In countenance.

Measure for Measure .

ANNETTE came almost breathless to Emily’s apartment in the morning. “Oh, ma’amselle!” said she in broken sentences, “what news I have to tell! I have found out who the prisoner is—but he was no prisoner either;—he that was shut up in the chamber I told you of. I must think him a ghost forsooth!”

“Who was the prisoner?” inquired Emily, while her thoughts glanced back to the circumstance of the preceding night.

“You mistake, ma’am,” said Annette; “he was not a prisoner, after all.”

“Who is the person, then?”

“Holy saints!” rejoined Annette; “how I was surprised; I met him just now, on the rampart below there. I never was so surprised in my life! Ah! ma’amselle! this is a strange place! I should never have done wondering, if I was to live here a hundred years. But, as I was saying, I met him just now on the rampart, and I was thinking of nobody less than of him.”

“This trifling is insupportable,” said Emily; “prithee, Annette, do not torture my patience any longer.”

“Nay, ma’amselle, guess—guess who it was; it was somebody you know very well.”

“I cannot guess,” said Emily impatiently.

“Nay, ma’amselle, I’ll tell you something to guess by—A tall signor, with a longish face, who walks so stately, and used to wear such a high feather in his hat; and used often to look down upon the ground when people spoke to him; and to look at people from under his eyebrows, as it were, all so dark and frowning. You have seen him often and often at Venice, ma’am. Then he was so intimate with the signor, too. And, now I think of it, I wonder what he could be afraid of in this lonely old castle, that . . .

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