Excerpt: ...soul. It pains me to think I shall never see her again." "Do you not intend to return to your late home?" inquired the aunt, somewhat surprised at the words of her niece. "Never!" returned Louise, with strong emphasis, "I could not endure it." "Pshaw! you will get over this weakness in a little while," said her aunt. "You have half-conquered it by coming away, and you will complete the victory by returning." "I tell you no," said Louise, somewhat angered by her aunt's persistence. "I have already written to Mr. Richard Giblet, one of the former firm of Edson & Co., to settle my affairs in Wimbledon, dispose of my late residence, and remit the proceeds to me in drafts." The aunt looked astonished at this piece of intelligence, and said, "You have been rash and premature, my child, and I fear will regret your hasty proceedings." "If you knew how much it relieved me to get out of that place, aunt, you would not fear I should ever wish to return. I was so near my enslaver there, and my heart said all the time, 'O, I must see him!' while conscience whispered sternly, 'You dare not do it.' There was a constant war 'twixt love and reason, which threatened the extermination of the latter." "I am glad you have been ruled by your better judgment," said her aunt; "passion always leads us astray when we listen to its voice." "That is very true," answered Louise; "but O that I had known it only by precept, and not by experience!" "Experience is called the best teacher," remarked the aunt. "It is the most bitter one," returned Louise. "How I wish you had been with me through the few brief years of my married life! With your kind care and admonitions I think I would never have strayed darkly into sin and error." "We all err sometimes in our lives," said her aunt; "and I cannot discover as you have wandered so far from...
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Published April 30, 2009
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