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PART III. THE FORSAKEN BRIDE. I. FORESEEING all her friends immense astonishment, Going to meet it with an equal dread, Florinda gave her maid a strict admonishment Just what to say, and what to leave unsaid, To questions soon to shower upon her head ; For, first suspicions having proved unjust, The girl was granted all the greater trust. Deep was the dear old Aunt s amazement, meeting At the hall door the unexpected bride. Then, having passed the first tumultuous greeting, " Your husband, Florie ! where is he ? " she cried, Still more bewildered ; while the niece replied, " Some sudden and important information Obliged him to return by his plantation."