appeared. At last, when his temper was on the point of

giving way, the door of the inner chamber suddenly

opened, and a figure presented itself that fixed him breathless

to his seat.

It was Marguerite not in the squalid attire of the

wandering queen of the gipsies, but in the rich splendid

costume of an oriental princess.

She wore a short robe of carnation satin, descending

nearly to the knee, where it finished with a rich gold

fringe. Underneath this tunic was a white satin petticoat,

elegantly embroidered ; full trousers of the same material

were fastened close above the ankle so as to set off its sym-

in colour matched her tunic. Her

metry, and her slippers

waist was circled by a broad zone, fastened in front by a

diamond clasp, and the flowing sleeves of the robe were

looped up at mid-arm by clusters of the same jewels.

The under sleeves, of a gossamer texture, were confined at

the wrist by massive bracelets of pure gold, and every taper

finger of her well-formed hand glittered with one or more

jewelled rings. On her head she wore a turban of a singular

but becoming form, the material of which it was

composed being one of those Indian many-coloured shawls

which are always so picturesque. The bosom was covered,

but not concealed, by the same delicate muslin as the

under-sleeves, and her throat was encircled by a collar of

gold to match the bracelets. Altogether it was apparently

the costume of no particular nation, but a fancy dress

adopted at the suggestion of her own taste.

She smiled at witnessing the astonishment of the Creole,

and for a while enjoyed his admiration in silence.

" Well, Sir Walter," she said at last, in a tone of sup-


pressed triumph what ;

do you think of me ? "

" I have seldom seen any thing," answered the Creole,

with his eyes fixed like a man talking in his sleep ;



I have never seen any thing so rich and tasteful."

" I asked the question, Sir Walter," she said, " chiefly


with reference to my poor self ; and she remained stand-

ing before him in an attitude well chosen for the display

of a still graceful figure.

The Creole was a warm admirer of beauty ; and although

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