The Romance of the Forest

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VOLUME III

CHAPTER XV

'Danger, whose limbs of giant mold
What mortal eye can fix'd behold?
Who'stalks his round, an hideous form!
Howling amidst the midnight storm!--
And with him thousand phantoms join'd,
Who prompt to deeds accurs'd the mind!--
On whom that rav'ning brood of Fate,
Who lap the blood of Sorrow wait;
Who, Fear! this ghastly train can see,
And look not madly wild like thee!'

COLLINS*

THE Marquis was punctual to the hour. La Motte received him at the gate, but he declined entering, and said he preferred a walk in the forest. Thither, therefore, La Motte attended him. After some general conversation, 'Well,' said the Marquis, 'have you considered what I said, and are you prepared to decide?'

'I have, my Lord, and will quickly decide, when you shall farther explain yourself. Till then I can form no resolution.' The Marquis appeared dissatisfied, and was a moment silent.

'Is it then possible,' he at length resumed, 'that you do not understand? This ignorance is surely affected. La Motte, I expect sincerity. Tell me, therefore, is it necessary I should say more?'

'It is, my Lord,' said La Motte immediately. 'If you fear to confide in me freely, how can I fully accomplish your purpose?'

'Before I proceed farther,' said the Marquis, 'let me administer some oath which shall bind you to secrecy. But this

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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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