Recollections of Seven Years Residence at the Mauritius: Or Isle of France

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J. Cawthorn, 1830 - History - 208 pages
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Page 165 - Virginia was there interred — and that it is a matter of doubt whether there ever existed such a person as Paul ! What a pleasing illusion is then dispelled ! how many romantic dreams, inspired by the perusal of St. Pierre's tale, are doomed to vanish when the truth is ascertained ! The fact is, that these tombs have been built to gratify the eager desire which the English have always evinced to behold such interesting mementos. Formerly only one was erected, but the proprietor of the place, finding...
Page 160 - The lady was much affected at the feeling evinced by her old servant, but declined his offer; he could not, however, be prevailed on to relinquish his design:
Page 48 - The sky is changed! — and such a change! Oh, night, And storm, and darkness, ye are wondrous strong, Yet, lovely in your strength, as is the light Of a dark eye in woman! Far along, From peak to peak, the rattling crags among Leaps the live thunder!
Page 165 - ... proceed with all haste to the interesting scene. On reaching the spot to which they are directed, they enter a pretty garden, laid out with great care, and are conducted along a walk, bordered with bushes, bearing a profusion of roses, and having a stream of the clearest water flowing on each side : at the end of this walk the visitor sees a red, glaring monument, which he is told is the tomb of Virginia : at the termination of a similar avenue, on the opposite side of the garden, appears another...
Page 32 - How dear to me the hour when daylight dies, And sunbeams melt along the silent sea ; For then sweet dreams of other days arise, And mem'ry breathes her vesper sigh to thee.
Page 160 - His urgent entreaties at length prevailed, and the lady was conveyed, in his palanquin, to the. comfortable and well-furnished apartments assigned to her by his grateful care. His wife and daughters received her with the utmost respect, and always showed, by their conduct, that they considered themselves her servants. Deserted by those who had been her equals in station, and who had professed themselves her friends whilst she was in affluence, this lady passed the remainder of her days in comfort...
Page 165 - ... the idea that he had seen those celebrated tombs, and given a sigh to the memory of those faithful lovers, separated in life, but in death united — after all this waste of sympathy, he learns, at last, that he has been under a delusion the whole time — that no Virginia was there interred — and that it is a matter of doubt whether there ever existed such a person as Paul ! What a pleasing illusion is then dispelled ! how many romantic dreams, inspired by the perusal of St. Pierre's tale,...
Page 159 - A lady residing at the Mauritius, many years ago, emancipated a slave whose good conduct and fidelity she wished to reward : being in affluent circumstances, she gave him, with his freedom, a sum of money which enabled him to establish himself in business ; and being very industrious and thrifty, he soon became rich enough to purchase a small estate in the country, whither he retired with his family :—years passed away, and whilst he was rapidly accumulating money his former mistress was sinking...

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