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

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James Cawthorn, 1830 - Mauritius - 208 pages
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Page 167 - 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 162 - 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 211 - Byron now took through Albania, as well as those subsequent journeys through other parts of Turkey, which he performed in company with his friend Mr. Hobhouse, may be traced, by such as are desirous of details on the subject, in the account which the latter gentleman has given of his travels ; an account which, interesting from its own excellence in every merit that should adorn such a work, becomes still more so from the feeling that Lord Byron is, as it were, present through its pages, and that...
Page 211 - ... edition by a little more attention to the technicalities of book-making and a revision of some parts of the style, which is at times perversely or provokingly careless ; the work itself will have a standard place in all collections of voyages and travels ; a place which it will fully merit by the industry and ardour of research conspicuous throughout, as well as by the spirit, vivacity, and good sense of the general narrative.
Page 50 - 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 167 - ... 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 34 - 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 162 - 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 167 - ... 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 161 - 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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