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Tylney Hall

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TYLNEY HALL.

ready to peril my body here and my soui here-

after ; and for this, in the absence of her who bore

you, your duty is due to myself. Yes, Walter

Tyrrel, you must love me, honour me, and confide

in me. You must listen to me—and you must

obey me !

"

" I cannot dispute your credentials," replied the

Creole ; " neither will I rashly reject nor admit

your rights over me :

but I may reasonably protest

against the mode in which they are proposed to be

exercised. Granting such a connexion to be esta-

blished between us as you have asserted, what

possible reason can exist for letting it lie dormant,

whilst we mutually suffer by imputation; you

excuse me—as an equivocal character, and I under

a stigma which you declare to be unfounded ?

Your manners and language persuade me that you

have occupied a station in life to which my uncle

would gladly endeavour to restore you."

" Never,*" said the woman, with energj^, " never

will I become a dependent in any of its grades. A

free will such as mine has been cannot stoop to

be controlled, or even to be gainsaid by advice.

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