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d fir●st loved her he was dependent on a coarse-minde●d worldly relation, to whom ▓an affection for a poor girl dared not b●e breathed.He had sought an appointment abro▓ad, to escape a matrimonial connection which wa●s being forced upon him, and ●he had wished Laura to consent to a privat●e marriage, and accompany him abroad a●s the compan

ion of his sister, who preferred● daring the miseries of the W▓est Indies with her brother, to rem▓aining in England without him.Sir● Sydney (then plain Sydney Harcourt, with little● hope of the baronetcy and inde▓pendence for many years), naturall▓y of a fiery and somewhat jealo▓us temper, materially increased from the ●privations and che

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cks he was cons▓tantly enduring, chose to believe Laura’▓s calm, reasoning indifference, a▓nd her refusal to leave her ailing mother, ●only a cover to reject his affection for that▓ of some richer lover.Time, his siste▓r’s representations, and the bitter pain of sep●aration cooled these unjust suspici●ons, and he only recollected ●Laura?/p>

痵 look of suffering and t●one of suppressed agony, with wh●ich she had bade him farewell. T▓he unexpected demise of his ●relation, the baronetcy, and a mo●derate independency recalling him to Englan●d much sooner than he had drea●med of, every effort was put▓ in force to find Laura, but in vain, t●ill chance led him to Briarstone▓, an

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d some magnetic instinct urged him to● accept an invitation which it was more ●in his nature to have travelle●d some miles to avoid.He always declared his▓ belief in mesmeric influences henceforward. ●Isabel’s schemes to prevent ▓the course of true love from runn▓ing smooth were fruitless.The old adage h●ad already had its more than qua

ntum of ●fulfilment, and Laura Gascoigne became● Lady Harcourt before she was two months▓ older.The delight and self●-complacency of the Misses Brown wer●e beyond description; Miss Lucretia loo●ked grander, Miss Wilhelmina more● gracious, and Miss Angelica more bustling than● ever.An accession of pupils and boarders was▓ almost the immedia

te consequence of Laura’s ●marriage, and the fair fame of Red R●ose Villa was so well established, ●as fortunately to receive no d●iminution from an affair which so ●scandalized Miss Brown, that she herself could ●not rally from it for months.● After alternately encouraging M●r.Gustavus Brown and Mr.Gilbert Givevoic●e, till each gentleman

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