The Romance of the Forest

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aversion, and I entreat, Sir, that he may no more be mentioned.'


CHAPTER X

'Nor are those empty hearted, whose low sound Reverbs no hollowness.' LEAR*

THE conversation related in the last chapter was interrupted by the entrance of Peter, who, as he left the room, looked significantly at Adeline and almost beckoned. She was anxious to know what he meant, and soon after went into the hall, where she found him loitering. The moment he saw her, he made a sign of silence and beckoned her into the recess. 'Well, Peter, what is it you would say?' said Adeline.

'Hush, Ma'mselle; for Heaven's sake speak lower: if we should be overheard, we are all blown up.'* Adeline begged him to explain what he meant. 'Yes, Ma'mselle, that is what I have wanted all day long. I have watched and watched for an opportunity, and looked and looked, till I was afraid my master himself would see me: but all would not do; you would not understand.'

Adeline entreated he would be quick. 'Yes, Ma'am, but I'm so afraid we shall be seen; but I would do much to serve such a good young lady, for I could not bear to think of what threatened you, without telling you of it.'

'For God's sake,' said Adeline, 'speak quickly, or we shall be interrupted.'

'Well, then; but you must first promise by the Holy Virgin never to say it was I that told you. My master would'--

'I do, I do!' said Adeline.

'Well, then--on Monday evening as I--hark! did not I hear a step? do, Ma'mselle, just step this way to the cloisters. I would not for the world we should be seen. I'll go out at the hall door and you can go through the passage. I would not for the world we should be seen.'--Adeline was much alarmed by Peter's words, and hurried to the cloisters. He quickly

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Table of contents

  • The Romance of the Forest i
  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Acknowledgements vi
  • Introduction vii
  • Note on the Text xxv
  • Select Bibliography xxvi
  • A Chronology of Ann Radcliffe xxix
  • Advertisement ii
  • Volume I 1
  • Chapter I 1
  • Chapter II 15
  • Chapter III 33
  • Chapter III 44
  • Chapter III 59
  • Chapter III 97
  • Volume II 111
  • Chapter X 137
  • Chapter XII 172
  • Chapter XIII 205
  • Volume III 224
  • Chapter XVI 240
  • Chapter XVIII 271
  • Chapter XIX 293
  • Chapter XX 307
  • Chapter XXI 315
  • Chapter XXII 332
  • Chapter XXIII 335
  • Chapter XXIII 345
  • Chapter XXIII 351
  • Explanatory Notes 364
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