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the Grand Signor, he thought he pable slave, that dared to raise her could not make a more acceptable one hand against the Emperor of believers, than this beautiful slave, and that instead of submitting herself to his two days ago she had been embarked supreme will. She prevented the horon board a large vessel bound to Con- rible punishments that would have stantinople. At this intelligence, our followed such a crime by putting herBreton lover did not hesitate a mo- self to death.--Tremble rebellious and ment, he re-embarked, and made sail cruel slaves, submit yourselves with for the capital of the Ottoman empire patience and humility-Her name scarcely is be arrived, than he tor- was”—the interpreter hesitated a moments himself and acquaintance to ment, and read “ Alzamire." find out whether his mistress be in " Oh, heavens! exclaimed the the seraglio, and what may have hap- wretched Kerenflute, it is Balzamie,” pened to her. But it is well known he raised his eyes with fear to the that nothing is more difficult than to head of the criminal, which, although penetrate into the seraglio of the disfigured by the agonies of death, Grand Signor.--The despairing lover still appeared handsome-Her eyes exhausts his purse and credit in vain, were closed, the cast of her counteall attempts to enter that asylum fornance, her little mouth, and long neglected beauty are equally disagree- chesnut hair, every thing recalled to able and dangerous. He paraded sor the unfortunate Breton the idea of rowfully day and night round the the person he adored—“ It is Balwalls of this gulph, wherein are bu- zamie, cried he a thousand times, ried the beauties of Europe and of while rolling himself in the dust, and Asia. One day he overheard, in & attempting to dash his brains out coffee-house, some Greeks and Jews against the walls of the seraglio-with conversing, in lingua Franca, on a great difficulty was he carried away to terrible adventure that had just hap: the suburbs of Pera, where he lodged, pened in the seraglio; a beautiful exclaiming incessantly, “ Oh, heavens! European slave, that had been lately it is Balzamie.” brought thither, had made great re Madame de Marcel and all the sistance to the desires of the Grand company agreed that the situation was Signor. The Sultan, as much ani- most touching, and complimented the mated by her charms as by her resist. Abbé on his having shown such abili, ance, was about to employ violence to ty, and the more readily, he had reduce her to submission, when this bawled so loudly “ Ob, heavens! it courageous person drew a poignard is Balzamie,” that all the servants who from her bosom, and declared to his had heard it in the first anti-chamber highness, that she would rather lose ran to inquire what had happened.her life than fail in the vows she had It had awakened even the president ; sworn to a lover in her own country, but they were all made easy by learnand whom she was expecting would ing it was but a tale. deliver her. The Sultan despising The Abbé continuing his recitalher menaces, she put them into exe- let us return, said he, to the other adcution, and having given the Sultan a ventures of our Quimper-Corentin :stroke with her poignard so ill directed You have been told, that Saint that the wound was not dangerous, Leon had set out for Calabria, in the she stabbed herself to the heart and hope of delivering Adelaide from the instantly expired.
hands of her tyrant. As the distance If this recital had alarmed Keren- is great from Quimper-Corentin to flute, what he heard and saw that country, it required all the abithe morrow convinced him of its truth. lity, courage, and patience of Saint He was told, that a head was exposed Leon, to discover the residence of his on a pike on the walls of the seraglio, mistress, as he was perfectly ignorant with an inscription below it in the of the name of the person she had Turkish language, and in such large married. We are unable to render an characters that every one might read exact account of all the circumstances it. He hastened to the spot with an of his journey, or of the events, withinterpreter, who, having read the in- out doubt terrible, that marked the scription, translated it to him as fol. catastrophe. What was known at lows:
Quimper was sufficient to throw the People, behold the head of a cull. whole town into constcrnation; It was
said, that Adelaide, having suffered the French settlements in India; and greatly from the jealousy of the Cala- as the attachment between her and brese, was dead, and buried in the Sainval was no secret at Pondicherry, he convent of capuchins at Reggio ; and was chosen to execute the honourable that, not long after, a thread merchant commission of assuring the queen, of Quimper, who made yearly very of the respect and devotedness of his extended journies, and sometimes car- nation. Aline, it may be imagined, ried his ware to Italy, had asserted, gave him a handsome reception; she on his return home, that he had seen had even imagined to please and to Saint Leon, who had become a capu- surprise him, a scene which all Paris chin under the name of Father Guig- admired, as the fruit of a fertile imanold de Concarneau; that he had gination, but the full value of it could heard him preach in the parish church not be felt without having lived at of a village in Lombardy—that not Quimper. only he knew him from the features M. de Lokrenan had about a league of his countenance, but had talked from the town a very beautiful sumwith him ; and that Saint Leon had mer retreat, in fact, it was merely a begged of him not to say any thing cottage, but decorated with every about him in Brittany. The fate of thing such a place was susceptible of; the family of M. de Lokrenan appear- on one side was a grove, intersected ed as afflicting as extraordinary, when by a rivulet that was crossed by an news was received from Aline, which, elegant wooden bridge ; on the other without being of so melancholy a cast, was a meadow full of cows, whose was not the less strange. It was not milk made the best butter in Brittany. contained in written letters, but a his. The lady Lokrenans and their coutory so much the more deserving of sins went often thither for a walk, and belief, as it was printed. This history with their fair hands made such butwas current through France, which, ter as would have done honour to the if considered as a romance at Paris, most splendid tables--Aline took it was solely owing to the personages greater pleasure in this amusement mentioned in it being unknown in the than the rest, and succeeded far supecapital, whereas at Quimper it had rior to them—she used to dress here quite a contrary effect.
self as a shepherdess, and her butter The ship on board of which Aline was distinguishable from that of all had embarked having been wrecked the others. on the coast of Golconda, its rich Sainval had often assisted her in 'contents were plundered by the sub- this innocent occupation—The rejects of the monarch of that rich coun- membrance of the hours they had so try, and they had presented to their often pleasantly passed at a spot dear king a beautiful French woman called to both, was so present to the mind of Aline, as the most precious part of the queen of Golconda, that she had the booty. The Indian prince was so built, at a small distance from her much of that opinion, that he gene- capital, an exact copy of the cottage rously ordered the rest of the prison- and its surrounding objects.
It was ers to be set at liberty; and falling there the queen of Golconda gave the desperately in love with our young ambassador a private audience, and Bretonne, he had wholly yielded up assured him of the duration of her ufhis heart, and had divided his empire fections. On his part, Sainval swore, with her. The Golconders, enchant- that the recollection of the butter made ed with the beauty and sweet temper by Aline’s fair hands was far more deliof Aline as much as their monarch, cious than the diamonds of Golconda had submitted themselves so totally appeared brilliant., to her power, that on the demise of The description of the queen's cotthe sovereign of the richest diamond tage was so minutely detailed in the mines in the world, they had unani- history, that there was none in Quimmously chosen her mistress of the per did not know it for that of the high empire.
steward's; the whole town, on learnT'he new queen could not forget ing the circumstance, went thither with her country, nor quit the idea of Sain- the book in their hands, saying, “aye, val, who had testified so strongly his there's the grove-there's the bridgeaffections.She offered to conclude a the meadow-the cows ; let us console treaty of alliance with the governor of ourselves for the misfortunes of our three other young ladies, for here at the utmost courage, they were overleast is one who has been fortune's fa- powered by numbers. The people bevourite. In truth, it was just that it sieged the palace wherein the queen should be so, for she was the most amic and her husband had shut themseves; able."
Sainval, wishing to repel the mutiAt this part the Abbé stopped, finde neers sword in hand, was slain; Aline ing that it was rather late, and that he herself appeared on the balcony, in the had fulfiled his task. " It is now your bope her presence would have some turn," said Madame de Marcel to the effect; they wished indeed to spare Chevalier, “and to-morrow night we her, for the intention of the rebels was shall expect you to finish the history.” not to put her to death, but the arrows “ I will do what I can," replied the flew about in all directions, and one Chevalier, “and as shortly as possible; gave her a fatal stroke, by piercing her for, in quality of a soldier, I ought to heart. After a moment's silence, let be expeditious, and fortunately it is us now see, said the Chevalier, what not my lot to relieve all these lovers is become of M. de Kerenfute. The from their embarrassments."
horrid spectacle he had witnessed on On the morrow, the Chevalier said, the walls of the seraglio had affected I should find it very difficult, I believe, his head and heart ; his senses were to add any thing to the misfortunes or gone, and he fancied he saw the Turks to the cruel situation of the lover of in a fury, massacring the fair Balzamie; the defunct Adelaide in Italy, or to the and on the other hand, all Quimper miserable Gabrielle in Spain. I shall in tears, and the family of M. de Lokleave M. de Verbois to bring them out renan overwhelmed in grief for this of the scrape if he can; I shall con- cruel event. Who, in fact, could have tent myself with continuing the thread retained his senses in such horrià cirof the two other histories.
cumstances ? All the physicians of The joy that the good fortunes of Constantinople, Franks, Greeks, Jews, Aline and Sainval had caused in Quim- and Valiommedans, declared that Keper, was of no long duration ; a con- renflute was incurably mad, and kept tinuation of the history was received, him tightly bound until there should of which they were the hero and hero- offer a vessel to carry him to France. ine; and it was related that the pro- During his passage, he constantly exject the Queen of Golconda had form- claimed in the same tone the Abbé did ed of raising her lover to share her yesterday, “ Oh Heavens, it is Balzathrone, had not succeeded. The Gol. mie!” Fancying he wore a sabre, he conders had voluntarily submitted was continually drawing it to cut off themselves to the government of Aline, the head of every Turk his wandering because such is the power of beauty, mind made him see in the ship; but that the hearts of the greatest barbari- all offensive weapons had been taken ans cannot resist it. The Indians from him. It was in this miserable doubted not of her ruling them with condition he disembarked at Marseilles ; kindness, and although their manners and having undergone quarantine, be were different from hers, that she was placed in the house of a surgeon, would permit them to follow their an- who, in concert with an apothecary, cient customs without oppression or applied every possible remedy, but in constraint ; but when they found that vain. she intended to place a French officer At length a Quimper-Corentin comon the throne, who would soon open ing into Provence, hearing talk of the their barbours to the vessels of his na- misfortunes of Kerenflute, went to see tion, would introduce French garrisons him. He undertook to convey him into their strong places, and force them safely into his own country, which he to conform to the maxims of Europe. did with all imaginable prudence and ans, the discontent became general precaution. During the journey, with -Sainval having ordered a small body the intent of calming him, he told him of French troops to advance to support of all the miseries that had befallen his pretensions, and execute the com- the sister and cousins of Balzamie. mands of the queen, was instantly at- Kerenflute sighed deeply at the recital, tacked, and surrounded by the army and concluded, that misfortune, when of Golconda; and, notwithstanding, once attached to a family, it was imour troops defended themselves with possible for any part of it to escape. It
is now the turn of M. de Verbois, said when about two leagues distant from the Chevalier, to tell us the remainder, Quimper, Kerenflute's guide, having as he stopped short in his narration. placed him safely in the house of a
That cannot take place to-morrow, clergymen of his acquaintance, hassaid Madame de Marcel, for I must in- tened to the town to inform his form you, gentlemen and ladies, that friend's relations of the melancholy we shall have to-morrow a very large state he had left him in. But how company, which will oblige us for some greatly was he astonished himself to days to discontinue our evening's a- learn, that since he had left Quimper musements. The bishop of Poitiers a-year ago, Mademoiselle Balzamie writes me word, that he is on his visit- was in perfect health at her father's ation, and will dine here to-morrow, house, having returned very rich from and desires me to permit him to remain Roussillon, as the heiress of her late until after Sunday; and that same uncle, the governor of Collicoure. It evening, the intendant of the provinces was on a groundless report that Kem will arrive to pass two days with us. renflute had made his expeditions to “By Heavens ! exclaimed the Abbé, Africa and Turkey, and it was not the these episcopal visits are very inconve. head of Balzamie which he had seen pient:
: you see, ladies, how I am equip- on the walls of the seraglio. His own ped, my hair in a club, and a green coat: head, however, was turned, and it was Since you are to have a bishop visit necessary to use the utmost precaution you, I shall be obliged, out of consider, to prepare him to receive the news of ation to him, to return to my curled the happiness that awaited him; for head and my black coat."
Balzamie, having heard what strong For my part, said the president, proofs of affection Kerenflute had yawning, I don't care a fig for an in- shewn, was resolved to arouse his love tendant, 1 sit above him in our courts with her heart and hand, so soon as of justice. "Ah! for Heaven's sake, he should return from his fruitless president,” said Madame de Marcel, voyages, and her parents did not dis& quit these pretensions, an intendant approve of her intentions. But whence is a man of whom we may always wish arose this cruel error, in which not to make use of when we have lands and only Kerenflute, but the whole family tenants; besides, who knows what of the Lokrenans, were plunged? It these people may come to."
was owing to a dream, which I will “Well," added M. de Verbois, “ I am now relate. Mademoiselle Balzamie, very thankful for these visits; they will while at Collicoure, on the Mediterrabe of use to me, for I was embarrassed nean shores, was invited to a party of how to conclude these histories of the pleasure on this sea, which was haplovers of Quimper-Corentin, and a few pily put into execution. A galley, days of reflection will help me out of elegantly ornamented, conveyed the all my difficulties.”
company from Collicoure to Port de The bishop and intendant having Vendres, where they found a tent quitted the castle of Madame de Mar- pitched near the shore, surmounted cel, and left the company free to pur- by several arbours of branches of trees, sue their former amusements, M. de a ball-room, and tables laid out for a Verbois, who had undertaken to con- collation. clude the history of the lovers of Qim- When they were about to sit down per-Corentin, acquitted himself as you to table, they saw a chebec, bearing shall now see.
the flag of Algiers, steal from behind We left the unfortunate Kerenflute Cape Béarn. It had cannon, which on his road from Marseilles to Quim- fired broadsides slowly, while distant; per, conducted by one of his coun- but when it approached the shore trymen, who, to console him, told where the ladies were, they redoubled. him of all the misfortunes that had Balzamie at first did not know what happened to the family of M. de to think of this unexpected visit, and Lokrenan. The lover of Balzamie, was much alarmed ; but her companinconsolable for his own loss, cried ions comforted her by saying, that the out incessantly, “Oh, Heavens! it is Turks she saw were very polite and her; it is her head that I see fixed gallant. In fact, the chebec having on the walls of the seraglio at Con- entered the port, those who disemstantinople.” However, they at length barked, though disguised as Turks, arrived in their own country; but were soon known for the officers of VOL. V.
the garrison of Collicoure, having at illegible. This sad mistake had sent their head a young and amiable ma- the wretched Kerenflute to seek her ; rine officer, who, being desirous of and fully convinced of the imaginary partaking of the feast, had thus dress- disaster of his mistress, he thought he ed out the vessel he commanded. She had heard her spoken of at Algiers, was laden with an excellent supple- where fortunately no French women ment to the collation already prepared; have been transported for a long time. having done the honours of it to the The name of an Italian, Bolzani, had ladies, they danced until evening, deceived him; and on his arrival at when they all returned to Collicoure as Constantinople, the resemblanc to fortunately as they had set out. the name of a young Greek, Alzamire,
Nevertheless, during the repast, and had also deceived him. She had made in the course of the day, they assured resistance to the grand Seignor's deBalzamie that her fears were not to- sires, for which her head was cut off. tally groundless ; and they related a It is easy to mistake the features of a great many stories which tradition beauty when thus situated, and espehad preserved, tending to prove that cially when a false idea occupies the corsairs had often made captures on
mind. About a fortnight after the the very shore which they had receipt of this fatal letter from Made
They hide themselves, moiselle Balzamie, others were receive added the captain of the chebec, as ed, which made the family perfectly we did, behind Cape Béarn, and sud- easy; but Kerenflute had in his imdenly rush on the shepherds and their patience set out for Toulon, and, from flocks, at a moment the least expected, that moment, no one could tell where for the shore near Port de Vendres is he might receive more fortunate indefenceless. It is not more than ten telligence. years ago, said another, that the cor- When Balzamie had passed some sair Barbarossa carried off a whole months at Collicoure, making the gowedding-party, who were amusing vernor's house pleasant and agreeable themselves on those sands. The bride, to the whole garrison, her uncle died, being very pretty, was carried to the leaving her his heiress ; and her aunt seraglio of Barbarossa, of which she having settled her affairs, retired to made the chief ornament, while her Quimper-Corentin, ready to confirm to unfortunate husband was condemned her niece all she was possessed of. We to labour the ground, and his shoul- have said that Mademoiselle Balzamie ders regaled with stripes. The re- had heard all that her lover had underflections that were made on these sto- taken for her sake. She waited imries were so gay, that the governor's patiently to tranquillize him, and to lady was forced to impose silence on make him happy-she did not, howthe young officers. But the conver- ever, wait long; but the state of Kesation had continued so long and so renflute's mind demanded every ata incessantly, on Barbarossa, rapes, and tention in announcing to him this uns corsairs, that Mademoiselle Balsamie expected happiness. They began by dreamt of them all night. One of her hinting doubts of what he had seen; dreams was quite connected ; and as then giving hopes of more fortunate the morrow was post-day, she wrote events, and to tell him, at last, that a long letter to Quimper Corentin, he might make his mind easy, for that when, having detailed a full account he would speedily be completely hapof the pleasant fête that had been give py. He was admitted to see Balzaen her, she could not help speaking of mie, and joy was now causing the same her dream at the end of her letter. effect that despair had done. Mare It was this unlucky letter, brought by riage alone could cure him of his dethe unfortunate courier whose port. lirium; this was tried, and succeedmanteau was plundered, and papers ed. dispersed and wetted between Vantes “ Yes,” exclaimed Kerenflute, reand Vannes, that had caused an alarm, collecting what his companion had which threw the whole town of Quim- told him on the journey from Marper into consternation. All that re- seilles to Quimper, “ I am now hapmained of Balzamie's letter was the py; but the rest of M. de Lokrenan's end of it, and the whole of her dream, family, his other daughter, his pieces, which had heen taken for a real adven- and my friends, who are so much in ture; for the rest was quite blotted and love with them, are still plunged in