Rosario: Or, The Female Monk; a Romance

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Laird & Lee, 1891 - Monks - 400 pages
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Page 392 - Know, vain man ! that I long have marked you for my prey : I watched the movements of your heart ; I saw that you were virtuous from vanity, not principle, and I seized the fit moment of seduction. I observed your blind idolatry of the Madonna's picture. I bade a subordinate but crafty spirit assume a similar form, and you eagerly yielded to the blandishments of Matilda.
Page 381 - ... danger have rendered you dearer to me than ever, and I would fain save you from impending destruction. Summon then your resolution to your aid, and renounce for immediate and certain benefits the hopes of a salvation difficult to obtain, and perhaps altogether erroneous. Shake off the prejudice of vulgar souls ; abandon a God who has abandoned you, and raise yourself to the level of superior beings ! ' She paused for the monk's reply : he shuddered while he gave it.
Page 19 - His knowledge is said to be the most profound, his eloquence the most persuasive. In the whole course of his life he has never been known to transgress a single rule of his order ; the smallest stain is not to be discovered upon his character ; and he is reported to be so strict an observer of chastity that he knows not in what consists the difference of man and woman : the common people, therefore, esteem him to be a saint.
Page 390 - As he listened to the first stroke the blood ceased to circulate in the abbot's veins. He heard death and torture murmured in each succeeding sound. He expected to see the archers entering his prison ; and as the bell forbore to toll he seized the magic volume in a fit of despair. He opened it, turned hastily to the seventh page, and, as if fearing to allow himself a moment's thought, ran over the fatal lines with rapidity. Accompanied by his former terrors, Lucifer again stood before the trembler....
Page 154 - Fain would I lay down my miserable life, for I envy those who enjoy the quiet of the grave : but death eludes me, and flies from my embrace. In vain do I throw myself in the way of danger. I plunge into the ocean ; the waves throw me back with abhorrence upon the shore : I rush into...
Page 145 - I swallowed a composing medicine; and as soon as the night shut in, my attendants withdrew, and left me to repose. That repose I wooed in vain. The agitation of my bosom chased away sleep. Restless in my mind, in spite of the fatigue of my body, I continued to toss about from side to side, till the clock in a neighbouring steeple struck "one.
Page 79 - He sat upon her bed ; his hand rested upon her bosom; her head reclined voluptuously upon his breast. Who then can wonder if he yielded to the temptation ? Drunk with desire, he pressed his lips to those which sought them ; his kisses vied with Matilda's in warmth and passion ; he clasped her rapturously in his arms ; he forgot his vows, his sanctity, and his fame; he remembered nothing but the pleasure and opportunity. " Ambrosio ! Oh, my Ambrosio ! " sighed Matilda. "Thine, ever thine," murmured...
Page 394 - The Sun now rose above the horizon; Its scorching beams darted full upon the head of the expiring Sinner. Myriads of insects were called forth by the warmth; They drank the blood which trickled from Ambrosio's wounds; He had no power to drive them from him, and they fastened upon his sores, darted their stings into his body, covered him with their multitudes, and inflicted on him tortures the most exquisite and insupportable. The Eagles of the rock tore his flesh piecemeal, and dug out his eyeballs...
Page 206 - ... appeared the mildest and softest of her sex, devoted to his will, and looking up to him as to a superior being. Now she assumed a sort of courage and manliness in her manners and discourse, but ill calculated to please him. She spoke no longer to insinuate, but command: he found himself unable to cope with her in argument, and was unwillingly obliged to confess the superiority of her judgment.
Page 367 - I never would consent. 1 vowed not to part with it while 1 had life ; its presence was my only comfort, and no persuasion could induce me to give it up. It soon became a mass of putridity, and to every eye was a loathsome and disgusting object, to every eye but a mother's. In vain did human feelings bid me recoil from this emblem of mortality with repugnance. I withstood, and vanquished that repugnance. I persisted in holding my infant to my bosom, in lamenting it, loving it, adoring it! Hour after...

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