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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1858. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER XVIII. "If she love me, this believe, I will die ere she shall grieve. If she scorn me when I woo, I can scorn and let her go." G. Wither. Horace Walpole draws a distinction between his father's love of power, and that of Pelham, which is applicable to other kinds of love. "The former loved it so much," says he, "that he would not endure a rival; the latter so vehemently; that he would endure anything." Maurice's passion for Eugenia was of the nature of Sir Robert Walpole's love of power. He would endure neither a single rival, nor the rivalry of a multitude. The object of his love, like Montrose's, must "be governed by no other sway but purest monarchy." And as this was a form of government to which the lady appeared to have a very strong objection--as she showed every sign of a desire to "call a synod in her heart," and a very large synod too--he would, probably, have succeeded, after a long struggle, in executing the threat of the exacting cavalier, if circumstances had not been such as to produce a change in her behaviour. For our herOj if not able to give as much as Montrose, in making his mistress famous by his pen and glorious by his sword, was not inclined to demand less than he. The struggle would have been neither a short nor painless one; for his affections took a deep root wherever they settled. He loved intensely, where he loved at all. But we will resist two equally strong temptations to wander off into the region of conjecture, and to moralize on the trifling causes which exercise so immense an influence over life, and proceed to state the simple fact which prevented Maurice from renouncing his pursuit of Eugenia. Lady Delamere had a great number of nieces, in a position of life quite inferior to her own. She was very fond of the so...
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