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A Strange Bride

which forms the punishment of her crimes, till she has found some youth whose fidelity resists all her endeavours.

As to the servant who attended her in Paris, that, I admit, seems inexplicable, nor can I understand the incident of the Duke’s name being called out as he approached the castle.

This legend is the only explanation I can give of the circumstances attending the deaths of Felippo and Marino. If such an explanation will not suffice, I am unable to offer a better.

And now, ladies and gentlemen, I have finished.

The Marquis rose, begged that the company would excuse his retiring, on the ground that the recalling of such painful memories of past days had fatigued him, and left the room.