Her mind made up on these several points, and her reso-
lution formed, of always judging and acting in future with
the greatest good sense, she had nothing to do but to forgive
herself and be happier than ever; and the lenient hand of time
did much for her by insensible gradations in the course of
another day. Henry’s astonishing generosity and nobleness
of conduct, in never alluding in the slightest way to what
had passed, was of the greatest assistance to her; and sooner
than she could have supposed it possible in the beginning of
her distress, her spirits became absolutely comfortable, and
capable, as heretofore, of continual improvement by any-
thing he said.
The anxieties of common life began soon to succeed to
the alarms of romance. Her desire of hearing from Isabella
grew every day greater. She was quite impatient to know how
the Bath world went on, and how the rooms were attended;
and especially was she anxious to be assured of Isabella’s
having matched some fine netting-cotton, on which she had
left her intent; and of her continuing on the best terms with
James. Her only dependence for information of any kind
was on Isabella. James had protested against writing to her
till his return to Oxford; and Mrs. Allen had given her no
hopes of a letter till she had got back to Fullerton. But Is-
abella had promised and promised again; and when she
promised a thing, she was so scrupulous in performing it!
This made it so particularly strange!
To be continued
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