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of one so good, so pure and, above all, so beautiful.
As it took some little time to revive her and bring back matters to their former state, I will leave them till it has been effected, and resume the sequel of the story in another
IN having thus denied knowing that the letter was written by Robert, Inez seems to have committed an error; as, though she might not have been conversant with the handwriting, yet its matter must necessarily have pointed out to her the person who had penned it. It is a good lesson this, to persons who meddle with things of a like nature :-On ne s'avise jamais de tout. One who engages in such intrigues must have his senses for ever on the watch, lest he say something, or do something, or some other person do something, or say something to betray him; and even then, with all his wits for ever on the alert, he will be quite sure to break down at last.
It seems then that Inez had made a mistake; yet indeed might it have been a refinement of artifice, the design of which was to raise the King's anger to the highest pitch, so that being speedily made sorry for the extravagancies he committed, and the state to which they had reduced her, he should, by a counter revolution of feeling, be hurried back to sue for forgiveness of the one whom he had injured; or again, it might have been that a little female vanity was mingled with the artifice, and that she had committed what seemed a fault: partly in order to prove the power she possessed over the King's mind. How this might have been, I know not.
Inez's attendants and the King had been for some time busied in thus attempting to revive her: when she at last heaved a deep sigh, and unclosing her eyes, stretched forth her hand as if in search of something to support her,-Philip took it in his and raised her upon the bed, whereon she had been laid when fainting. ii.
The King, now perceiving that the attack
was past, and that there was little probability of its recurrence, dismissed the women from the chamber, and remained alone with her. Though grieved at what he had just witnessed, and at having occasioned it, he yet had not dismissed from his mind that the question which thus agitated her had not been answered. He doubted not her being able to do so, and that, too, most satisfactorily; but it had not been done, and he waited in impatient expectation till she should speak of it.
He still continued to hold her hand in hisshe gently withdrew it.
" I see, Sire,” she begun, “ that I have caused you much trouble, and—I was about to say, alarm and uneasiness; but you can scarce feel uneasiness respecting the state of one in whom, alas! you have ceased to have confidence, or to love."
“Inez,"-replied Philip, with much tenderness of manner, but in a firm voice, for he felt resolved that the weakness of his heart should not make him lose sight of the main question,—“I know not wherefore thou sayest
that I no longer love thee: couldst thou but have witnessed the anxiety I felt during the time thou wast stretched lifeless on this couch, thou wouldst not think so of me. Tis true, that an assertion of thine startled me, and I could not, nor can I, conceive it possible, that thou shouldst have needed me to tell thee that the letter came from the Count of Artois.”
"I tell your Grace that I knew not this ! that I was not, till you informed me of it, aware that it was from the Count of Artois !" exclaimed Inez, with all the marks of surprise upon her countenance. " I say that! I said not so, my Lord; you have mistaken my assertion.”
“How!” said Philip; “Didst not thou then profess a complete ignorance of the writer of that epistle ?”
“No, my Lord, I did not; I could not so have said with truth. I but asserted that I knew not the Count's writing, so that, till I had unfolded the letter, I had no means of guessing whence it came, nor who had penned it, and even then, it was the emerald alone