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“For he through sin's long labyrinth had run,

Nor made atonement when he did amiss;
Had sigh'd to many, though he lov'd but one,
And that lov'd one, alas ! could ne'er be his."

CHILDE HAROLD.

IN THREE VOLUMES.

VOL. III.

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LONDON:
HURST AND BLACKETT, PUBLISHERS,
SUCCESSORS TO HENRY COLBURN,

13, GREAT MARLBOROUGH STREET.

1854.

249. W. 73.

LONDON:

Printed by Schulze and Co., 13, Poland Street.

ALICE WENTWORTH.

CHAPTER I.

Vergessene Träume, erlöschene Bilder,
Qualvoll süsse, tauchen hervor !

HEINRICH HEINE.

FARNDEN HALL, which had been for

many years the abode of Mrs. Langdale, Sophy Bramstone's mother, under whose

care Alice Wentworth and her brothers had

grown up, was now again inhabited by the

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family to whom it belonged. They were at the sea-side at the present moment; but both on the plea of old intimacy with them, and also on account of its having been so long her home, Alice Wentworth had the power of going there whenever she pleased ;

and therefore it was that Mrs. Thornton was

so desirous of her company on the expedition with which she wished to gratify her boys. Uncertainty respecting the time of their visit still prevented her from fixing a day, though everything else was planned.

Farnden was a long drive from Darrell Place; but then, Cranfield was five miles on the road; and if Alice would give her cousins breakfast, the horses would have an hour's rest, which would enable them to make out

the other ten miles easily, and reach their destination early enough to give the boys several hours for wandering in the park, rowing on the large pond, "fishing in the small one, eating dinner, &c., and returning

to tea at Cranfield, where there would be

another rest; after which the whole party would yet be back at Darrell Place not

much later than the children's usual bed

time.

But there was a thing that weighed on

Mrs. Thornton's anxious mind, and threatened

the destruction of the whole expeditionthe necessity, namely, of having some grown man of the party, who would undertake to look after the boys; and she was not sure when her nephews William Sandford and Richard

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