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THE

MUNSTER COTTAGE BOY.

A Tale.

IN FOUR VOLUMES.

BY

REGINA MARIA ROCHE,

AUTHOR OF

THE CHILDREN OF THE ABBEY, TRECOTHICK BOWER, MONASTRRY

OF ST. COLUMB, &c. &c.

And yet poor Edwin was no vulgar boy.

BEATTIE

VOL. II.

London:

Printed at the Minerva Press for

A. K. NEWMAN AND CO. LEADENHALL-STREET.

1820.

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THE

MUNSTER COTTAGE BOY.

CHAPTER I.

“ 'Tis not so sweet now as it was before

Oh, Spirit of Love! how quick and fresh art thou !
That, notwithstanding thy capacity
Receiveth as the sea, nought enters there,
Of what validity and pitch soever,
But falls into abatement and low price,
Even in a mingte.”

AT length lord Castle Dermot arrived. Scarcely had he received his mother's affectionate welcome, ere he demanded an explanation of the curious incident she had alluded to in her letter, and who the delightful companion was that she said chance had given her. Her ladyship

VOL. II.

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" evaded these inquiries; it was not her

intention indeed to be explicit with him concerning Fidelia, convinced that, even by him, thoughtless and giddy as he was, were every circumstance relative to her known, the idea of her sanctioning an attachment between them would be laughed at and ridiculed as one extravagant in the extreme. Laughing at what she styled his feminine curiosity, she proceeded to ask him whether colonel Grandison had urged his coming, as she requested ?

Urged no, faith-he did all in his i power to prevent me. I never found him so pressing before for my company."

" Kind and obliging indeed!” said her ladyship, resentfully.

"Faith, yesso I think. I am beginning to fancy,” conceitedly pulling up his collar at the glass, “ from the circumstance, that I am infinitely more delightful than my modesty would once allow me to imagine.”

Well, we shan't discuss that point at present. I am going to change my dress

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