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rially upon her fortune, enable me to go to Paris, to remain there for the time ne, cessary to the finishing of my education, and to put me in the way of entering into that course of life for which I should find the most decided propensity. The answer my
mother gave me was short and peremptory---a very dry no which she let off, turning her back upon me, was all that I obtained. But wonder, reader, what one word may sometimes do! That NO, so terrible to me.--that no, which seemed as if it would destroy all hopes of the journey I had been so long concerting---that very no produced in my brain the effect of an electric spark, and inflamed me with a still more ardent desire to see the world. My plan was constructed in an instant; and I retired to my chamber to prepare for putting it into execution.
Angelina, who refused to let me go to Paris in consequence of a scheme she had formed to condemn me to that cave of
chicanery, the law, under the auspices of her aforesaid agent, came a moment afterwards to find me, and to furnish me with a key to her extraordinary no. I suffered her to expatiate at her leisure upon the advantages of my figuring away in the courts of justice, and to intoxicate herself with the ridiculous hope of seeing me adorned with the long robe ; then, taking up the discourse, I said to her very respectfully...“ No, my mother---your
son will never involve himself in the
labyrinths of the law...he will content "himself to obey it, and religiously to
respect it on all occasions: but he will
never embrace a state of life, the very “ foundation of which is laid in the eter66 nal discord of his fellow-citizens. I
am young, it is true ; but thanks to
your care, I have acquired intelligence “ enough to know that the law is a pro“fession incompatible with my principles, " and to be assured that in this corrupted " and corrupting age, the man who would
preserve his integrity and good faith,
“must take care not to hazard himself in
so very dangerous a career.'
This effusion, delivered with the spirit of youth-.-with that warmth, that intrinsic force, which generally carry conviction with them, threw my mother into a frenzy of rage.
That sweetness, so na. tural and so bewitching, which was portrayed in every feature of her face, gave way to all the frightful indications of anger ;--- I quickly perceived it, and without waiting for the menaced explosion, made her my respects, and flew off to find one of my comrades, who as well as myself had a strong inclination to travel. His taste, which accorded exactly with mine, made him relish my projects, and, after mature deliberation, we separated, each to go make up his bundle, and carry away with him all the clothes and money he could collect.
As the father of Linval, my intended companion, was proprietor of the mail of that place, he found no difficulty in prevailing upon one of the drivers to take charge of our bundles; and we took care to convey them to him over-night, so that we should find ourselves ready prepared and neatly dressed to shew ourselves at Paris, whither we ourselves took our route on foot.
Character of Linval-Pursuit of the GuardsA
Battle-Victory of our young Travellers.
LINVAL, my fellow traveller, was two years my senior, and to that joined a character of the most decided and independent kind. His education, though it was somewhat neglected, had nevertheless served to unfold his natural pow
A quick and just perception, a sound discernment, extraordinary fore. sight, an inflexible adherence to the resolutions he once formed, intrepidity, courage well approved, had made me distinguish him from all my fellow students : his stature approaching to six feet; his muscular limbs, his expressive though regular countenance, still added to all those qualities, and impressed me with unbounded confidence in him.