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and each of us fell into a train of thought, whom we have the honor of addressing ouras if some fairy had exercised her influence selves, before we pay you those attentions
Bascara had fallen at my feet, and which we owe you." looked exactly as if he were dead; Boutraix “My name !” said she eagerly," what, scarcely breathed, and his tipsy riotousness do you not know it! God is my witness that was exchanged for profound dejection. Sergy I only came because you called me.” was quite as powerfully affected, but in a “ You only came at our invitation ?" stutvery different way—his eyes were fixed tered forth Boutraix, and at the same time upon the apparation with all the ardor of he covered his face with his hands. love, and he appeared fearful of losing sight “Certainly,” replied Inez, “ I understand of her for a moment, as if he dreaded that propriety too well to think of intruding my. she would vanish like a beautiful dream. self: I am Inez de las Sierras." The unknown was not more than twenty “ Inez de las Sierras !” cried Boutraix. years of age, but misfortune or death had more terrified than if he had seen a thunderimprinted on her features that peculiar char bolt fall at his feet. acter of unchangeable perfection, of never I examined her steadily, still I could not varying regularity, which the chisel of the trace any thing like falsehood or pretence ancients has perpetuated in the figures of in the expression of her countenance. their gods. I was more struck, however, “Madame," said I, while I endeavored to with her dress than with her features ; I felt appear a little more calm than I really felt ; persuaded that I had seen the same costume " though the disguise which we have adopted only a short time before, and I soon recol. from innocent exuberance of spirits may not lected that I had observed it in Inez's por- be exactly fitted for so holy a day as this, trait in the gallery. Her attire seemed to be assured that beneath it you will find men belong to the same period as our own, but who are not to be moved by any considerit was not quite so fresh; she wore a gown ation of fear. Whatever your name may of green damask, which was still very rich, be, and whatever your motive for concealing but faded and creased; it was ornamented it, you may rely on receiving a hearty and with discolored ribbon, and must certainly respectful welcome from us, and we will have belonged to the wardrobe of a lady willingly acknowledge you Inez de las who had died a century before. I almost Sierras for the time, if it suits your fancy, dreaded to touch it for fear I should recog. for circumstances authorize your droll whim, nize the cold humidity of the tomb, but I and so much beauty gives you the right to refused to indulge in an idea, which to a personate her ; it is a prestige which is all. reasonable mind was so utterly absurd. subduing, but we beg you thoroughly to
Pray what occasions this silence, noble understand that this confession, which costs knights ?” said she at length with a reproach- little to our politeness, cannot be extorted ful smile; "when I entered the banqueting from our credulity.” hall it resounded with your mirth and merry “ I have not the slightest wish to impose peals of laughter, and now you are all mute upon your credulity,” replied Inez with dig. and grave as if I had disturbed your gayety." nity, “but surely no one will refuse to be
“Pardon us, madame,” replied Sergy, “it lieve my name is Inez de las Sierras, when is the sudden and unexpected appearance of I declare it to be so in the house of my a person endowed with so many charms fathers. Heaven knows,” continued she, which has rendered us all dumb with ad- with rapidly increasing emotion, “ I bave miration."
paid too dearly for my first fault, to imagine "My friend does us only justice,” said I; that God's vengeance is satisfied by this ex“it is impossible to express the feeling which piation ; but may the mercy which I expect your presence excites, your visit was alto- from him at last, and in which I place my gether so astonishing to us, for how should sole hope, abandon me, and may I finally be we expect it in these ruins which have been delivered up to the torments which now deso long left desolate ?”
vour me, if I speak not the truth, and Inez “ You must be welcome, madame, wher- de las Sierras is not my name; yes, I am ever you make your appearance; we wait Inez de las Sierras, the unfortunate and respectfully till you choose to inform us to guilty Inez! What interest should I have
in assuming a name which I bave so many | ber glass to us, while she added, “ Gentlereasons for wishing to conceal ? and what men, Inez de las Sierras, in her turn, drinks motive have you for disbelieving the already to your health. To you, noble knight, and sufficiently painful confession of an unfor- may Heaven smile graciously on all your tunate creature whose fate should inspire undertakings. To you, melancholy esquire, nothing but pity ?"
whose natural gayety seems disturbed by Tears filled her eyes, and Sergy, who was some secret grief, may happier days restore much moved by her distress, drew closer you to unclouded serenity. To you, handto her.
some page, who appear to be occupied by “But I have a proof, Seigneur,” added more pleasing and gentle thoughts, may the she, while she hastily unfastened a bracelet woman who is fortunate enough to possess from her arm, and pushed it contemptuously your love be worthy of it, and if you do not towards me; “this,” continued she, “is the yet love, may you soon bestow your affection last present my mother made me, and the on a beautiful creature who loves you in reonly valuable jewel which is left to me from turn." all that I inherited from her ; now judge for "I love, I love for ever!" cried Sergy, yourselves whether I am of such base origin "who could behold you and not love you! as to minister to the amusement of the pop- To Inez de las Sierras ! to the beautiful Inez !” ulace."
“To Inez de las Sierras," said I, as I rose I took up the bracelet and examined it from my chair. minutely, and soon discovered that the name “ To Inez de las Sierras,” murmured Bouof Las Sierras was wrought in emeralds in traix, without changing his position, and, for the centre of it. I immediately handed it the first time in his life, he drank this health, to her, and bowed respectfully at the same solemnly, without sipping his wine. time.
o you all,” replied Inez, and she touched • If you want further proof,” cried she, in her glass for the second time with her lips, a state of delirious excitement, “look, look!" but she did not empty it. and she tore open the clasp of her dress, and Sergy took it up eagerly, and drained it displayed the scar in her bosom—" this is at a draught; I scarcely know why, but I where the dagger struck me; surely the ac- would have given any thing to prevent him. count of my misfortunes must have reached I pictured to myself that he was drinking to
his death. Ah, woe is me! ah, misery!" cried Bou “ This is one of the most agreeable eventraix, and he rose from his chair in a state ings I ever remember to have spent,” purof inexpressible agitation.
sued Inez, “we are all so happy and gay; “Oh, men, men !” exclaimed Inez bitterly, the only thing which we want is a little they feel no compunction in killing women, music; do you not think so, Seigneur esbut they fear to look upon their wounds."
quire ?" Inez became calm, and we all again re “Oh !" cried Boutraix, who could scarcely lapsed into silence, and this time it remained articulate, “ does she intend to sing !" long unbroken. Boutraix was in a state of “Sing, sing,” said Sergy, while he touched speechless terror, and incapable of reason her beautiful hair with his trembling fingers; ing; Sergy had given himself up to the de. “I, who love you so deeply, ask it as a licious raptures of a growing passion, and I favor.” to the profound meditation of those great “I will with great pleasure, if I can,” remysteries upon which I had so often specu- plied Inez, “ but I fear that my voice is lated, but which I'now scarcely ventured an much spoilt by dwelling in these damp attempt to fathom. Meant
the expres- vaults ; formerly it was very clear and rich: sion of Inez's countenance became more ani- now too, alas, I remember only melancholy mated—at length she said:
songs, and these are scarcely fitted for so " But, gentlemen, I must apologize to you gay a meeting as the present; but wait, for so long delaying to acknowledge the wait an instant,” cried she, and she raised honor which you did me when I entered the her glorious eyes to the vaulted roof, and ball;" as she spoke, she rose from her seat warbled a few enchanting notes ; “I shall with the most perfect grace, and presented | sing you a romance called Nina Matada, it
will be new to me as well as to you,
"Oh! stay, stay,” cried he,“ or I die.” shall compose it as I proceed.
“I must go,” replied she, “ and I shall die It would be impossible to give an idea of if thou dost not follow me; soul of Inez, the song which Inez improvised for us, or to wilt thou not come ?” She sank upon ber describe the emotion we all felt; she seemed chair, and threw her arms round Sergy, as if she were absolutely inspired. Sergy she seemed to have forgotten us. " Listen, wept, shouted, and laughed, he appeared Sergy,” continued Inez, “when you quit this mad with excitement; and as Inez grew apartment, you will see on your right a long more impassioned in her strain, even Bou- narrow gallery; you will have some distance traix awoke from his apathy, and fixed two to go after you have entered it; you must large eyes upon her, which expressed as be sure to step carefully over the broken tonishment and pleasure. A cry of enthu- flags; you must pursue your way without siasm burst from us all when Inez concluded turning to the right or left, it is impossible
that you can lose yourself; when you reach Alas!” cried she, “I cannot sing as I the end of the corridor, you will see a stairused. Oh! Sergy," continued she, looking case which will take you from story to story, tenderly at him, "one must be loved to be till you reach the subterranean vaults; you able to sing."
must then go straightforward again for some “ Loved !” exclaimed Sergy, and he covtime, till you come to a winding staircase, ered her hand with kisses ; “ you are adored, and then I shall be your guide, for you will Inez; if you require merely the devotion of find me at the top of it. You must not be a heart, of a life, to inspire your genius, you annoyed with my owls, for they have long have it; sing, sing, Inez, sing for ever!” been my sole companions, they know my
“I used to dance, too,” said Inez, as she voice when I call. But, come, come, do not leaned confidingly on Sergy's shoulder ;“ but delay; will you come ?" bow is it possible to dance without instru "Will I come l” cried Sergy; "oh! rather ments ? how extraordinary, some good genius would I meet with eternal death than not must surely have slipped these castanets follow you wherever you went.” into my band,” and she unfastened them “ Who loves me, follows me,” replied with a merry laugh.
Inez, with a wild ringing laugh; she picked “Oh! irrevocable day of damnation," said up her winding-sheet, and moved towards Boutraix, “at length you have arrived, the the farther end of the ball, which was so last judgment is at hand, she is actually obscure, that she was soon hidden from our going to dance.”
view, and we saw her no more. While Boutraix was thus muttering to Boutraix and I held Sergy forcibly back. himself, Inez had risen from her seat, and Monsieur,” said I, " as your elder, as your had commenced a few steps to a slow mea friend, and as your captain, I forbid you to sure, in which she displayed as much grace move a step ; remember that by want of as dignity: by degrees she passed from the care you may not only sacrifice your own grave and majestic movements with which life, but ours. Does it not occur to you that she had at first enchanted us, to one exceed this fascinating woman is, perhaps, the iningly rapid, and full of animation and volup- strument employed by a band of robbers, tuous ease and gayety,—sometimes we lost who live concealed in these old ruins, for the sight of her, indeed, scarcely heard her, when purpose of separating us, that they may she approached the other end of the hall, more easily overcome as ? I can understand then suddenly she bounded towards us, and your unfortunate prepossession and pity passed so close to us, that she almost touch you ; but you are responsible for our lives, ed us with her dress, and thus she appeared and must not indulge in it.” and disappeared again and again. At length Sergy seemed much agitated by many she came up to us with a most winning ex- and diverse feelings, but at length he yieldpression of countenance, with her head grace-ed to our powerful entreaties and arguments, fully bent, and her beautiful arms stretched and sank dejectedly on his chair, towards us, as if she was imploring us to “ Gentlemen,” said I, after a few minutes follow her, or to detain her.
bad elapsed, and we were a little more comSergy oould not resist her look of entreaty. posed, “there is a mystery in what we have
just seen, which no human intelligence can, which I inherited from my father, and refathom, though there is no doubt but that solved to spend the rest of my days on it; some natural circumstance would solve it at and this is the conclusion of my story. once. As we are, however, not likely to “Well, but," asked one of my friends, * if become acquainted with the cause of what it was not a real apparition, what was it we have seen, we must be careful not to really f" relate to any one what has happened to Though all that I have related appears night, in order that we may not encourage very extraordinary, nay, impossible, yet it those idle superstitious tales, which are un is accounted for by a most natural chain of worthy the belief of Christians and philoso-circumstances. I have just mentioned that phers. Besides, we must not compromise after the peace was signed, I retired to my the honor of three French officers, by nar- father's estate; well, I resolved, before I rating an occurrence, which, though very finally settled down there, to travel for å extraordinary I allow, may probably be ex. short time. I hesitated for a little while plained some day, and expose us to public what place I should visit first. A thousand derision. I swear, therefore, on my honor, happy recollections made me yearn to see and I expect you to join me in the same Barcelona once more, but even if I had resolemn oath, never during my whole life to mained any longer in doubt, a kind letter speak of what we have witnessed to night.” | and invitation which I received from a dear
"We swear,” cried Sergy and Boutraix. friend there, would certainly have deter
"I swear by the blessed Jesus, whose mined me to adopt this course. The very nativity we commemorate to-night,” said evening of the day on which I arrived at Bascara.
Barcelona, my friend, Pablo de Clauza, in“Amen,” replied Boutraix, solemnly, while sisted on my going with him to the theatre, he embraced Bascara with fervor and sin- where a celebrated actress, called La Pe cerity.
drina, was to make her first appearance. The night was now far advanced, and at “This virtuosa is so capricious," remarked last, being overcome with fatigue, we fell he, “that perhaps she may take it into her into an unquiet sleep. I think I need head to leave to-morrow." scarcely tell you by what dreams it was I forgot, when I agreed to accompany my disturbed. A glorious day shone upon us friend, that I had made a resolution on the the following morning when we awoke, and night Inez de las Sierras visited us in the we reached Barcelona without exchanging a Château Ghismondi, never to listen to an. word. Two days after we were in Gironne, other female singer or dancer after her ; where our regiment awaited an order of de- however, the arrangement could not now be parture. The reverses of the grand army altered. When I entered the theatre, I fell obliged the Emperor to assemble his choice into a kind of reverie, from which I was not troops in the north. Thither Boutraix, Sergy, even roused by the entrance of La Pedrida, and I proceeded together. Boutraix had and, as I had shaded my eyes with my band, become quite serious since he had spoken to I only became more buried in thought, when a soul which had escaped from purgatory; the burst of enthusiasm which greeted her, and Sergy, after he had fallen in love with had subsided. At length I removed my a phantom, did not seek for a new mistress. hand from my eyes, and gazed around me, In the heat of the battle of Lutzen he was and the next moment a shriek of astonishby my side; suddenly I felt him give way, ment escaped me, and I darted to the front his head dropped on the neck of my horse, of the box, while I stared wildly on the and I discovered that he had received a stage. Yes! it was Inez, actually Inez de mortal wound
las Sierras, whom I saw before me. " Inez,” murmured he, “I go to meet you," “ Are you sure,” said I to my friend, when and he breathed his last sigh.
I felt a little more composed, “ that this is A few months after the army entered La Pedrina ? do you know that she is an France, the peace was signed, and a great actress ? are you quite certain that she is many officers laid down their arms. Boutraix not an apparition ?” entered a monastery, where, I believe, he "I have not the slightest doubt," replied still is; and I retired to the little estate my friend," that she is an actress, and a
very extraordinary one, too; no singer has crowned with such complete success, that ever yet been compared to her; and the she could no longer meet with masters to enthusiasm which you manifest for her has teach her. One day the dead body of the been shared by most persons.”
marquis was brought home; he was pierced The emotion which I discovered at inter- by many wounds; but there were no circumvals during the rest of the evening was at stances connected with the assassination tributed by my companion to my due appre which could throw any light on the subject. ciation of La Pedrina's merits. When we Inez's father had a rival before his second reached home, and sat down to supper, we marriage, and public opinion unhesitatingly could talk of nothing else but the gifted fixed the crime upon him; and when he actress.
soon after married the widow of the Marquis “The interest with which this extraordi- l de las Sierras, it became a general convicpary woman inspires you,” said Pablo de tion that he was the murderer. The poor Clauza, addressing himself to me, “ can Inez was now alone in the house of her hardly be increased by the knowledge of fathers, for she lived with two people with her adventures. La Pedrina does not belong whom it was impossible for her to symto that class from which actresses generally pathize. About this time she became acspring; she is connected with one of the quainted with a young Sicilian, who called noblest families in Spain, and her real name himself Gaëtano Filippi, and whose previous is Inez de las Sierras. In consequence of life seemed somewhat involved in mystery. some popular tradition, which was not alto. His conversation was agreeable, though gether without foundation, the family of De rather frivolous; he had some slight knowl. las Sierras was obliged to leave the coun-edge of the arts, and was superficially intry, and to take advantage of the new dis- formed on many points; but to the ingenuous coveries made by navigators, and to settle and unsuspecting Inez he was all that was with all its wealth in Mexico. The unhappy inanly, generous, and fascinating, and she fatality which had hitberto pursued the gave her whole heart to him, never doubtbouse of De las Sierras, did not cease to in- ing that he loved her devotedly, as he defluence its career even when removed to clared. When he went to her stepmother other lands. At the commencement of the to ask for Inez's hand, she peremptorily depresent century, the last of the noble Seign-clined his proposals, and her husband beeurs of De las Sierras still lived in Mexico ; haved precisely in the same manner; they his wife was dend, but she had left him one were not very scrupulous, and perhaps they little girl, called Inez, who was about six or began to imagine that they might make seven years old. She was most happily their fortune by Inez's talents. The husband endowed by nature, and the marquis spared had, however, another reason for objecting no expense in the culture of her mind. It to her marriage with Gaëtano, for he loved would have been a very fortunate thing for her himself, and only a few weeks before, him, if the education of his only child had had the wickedness to declare his guilty been sufficient to absorb all his care and af- passion to her. This circumstance, and her fection ; but, alas! he soon felt an aching affection for the Sicilian, made her offer void in his heart, which he sought to fill ; little resistance to Gaëtano's plan of carrying he loved, and believed himself loved in re her off, and he had no difficulty in convincing turn; he was proud of his choice, and re- her that all her father's possessions belonged joiced to think that his dear Inez would of right to her ; accordingly, at the end of a have another mother and such a mother. I few months the lovers sailed from Mexico Inez soon perceived to her misery, that, in- for Cadiz, loaded with gold, jewels, and stead of having made a new friend, she had | diamonds. found a bitter enemy. She now looked upon “ The apparently devoted attentions of her accomplishments, which had hitberto Gaëtano, for some time after they were setbeen cultivated merely as a source of amuse- tled in Spain, prevented her from noticing ment, as perhaps the only means of her how objectionable the society frequently future subsistence. She resolved henceforth was, to which her husband introduced her, to devote much more time to them, and at but when he became less affectionate to her, length her industry and perseverance were and she began to feel that she had not acted