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406 TYLNEY HALL.

years and exposure, and perhaps sorrow, had taken off the

lustre of her charms, they had not much quenched the

brilliancy of Marguerite's jet black eyes, nor destroyed the

fine contour of her countenance. Neither had her shape

so lost its symmetry but that the eye could still recognise

the original excellence of the mould. Enough remained

both of form and face to prove that, at one time, she must

have been amongst the most lovely and fascinating of her

sex. He answered her in an animated tone,

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