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pilgrims, not only from his own nation, but from the farthest boundaries of Europe. Here too is Bonnet's abode, and, a few steps beyond, the house of that astonishing woman Madame de Stael: perhaps the first of her sex, who has really proved its often claimed equality with, the nobler man. We have before had women who have written interesting-novels and poems, in which their tact at observing drawing-room characters has availed them; but never since the days of Heloise have those faculties which arc peculiar to man, been developed as the possible inheritance of woman. Though even here, as in the case of Heloise, our sex have not been backward in alledging the existence of an Abeilard in the person of M. Schlegel as the inspirer of her works. But to proceed: upon the same side of the lake, Gibbon, Bonnivard, Bradshaw, and others mark, as it were, the stages for our progress; whilst upon the other side there is one house, built by Diodati, the friend of Milton, which has contained within its walls, for several months, that poet whom we have so often read together, and who--if human passions remain the same, and human feelings, like. chords, on being swept by nature's impulses shall vibrate as before---will be placed by posterity in the first rank of our English Poets. You must have heard, or the Third Canto of Childe Harold will have informed you, that Lord Byron resided many months in this neighbourhood. I went with some friends a few days ago, after having seen Ferney, to view this mansion. I trod the floors with the same feelings of awe and respect as we did, together, those of Shakespeare's dwelling at Stratford. I sat down in a chair of the saloon, and satisfied myself that I was resting on what he had made his constant scat. I found a servant there who had lived with him; she, however, gave me but little information. She pointed out his bed-chamber upon the same level as the saloon and dining-room, and informed me that he retired to rest at three, got up at two, and employed himself a long time over his toilette; that he never went to sleep without a pair of pistols and a dagger by his side, and that he never eat animal food. He apparently spent some part of every day upon the lake in an English boat. There is a balcony from the saloon which looks upon the lake and the mountain Jura; and I imagine, that it must have been hence, he contemplated the storm BO magnificently described in the Third Canto; for you have from here a most extensive view of all the points he has therein depicted. I can fancy him like the scathed pine, whilst all around was sunk to repose, still waking to observe, what gave but a weak image of the storms which had desolated his own breast. The sky is changed!--and such a change; Oh, night! And storm and darkness, ye are wond'rous strong, Yet lovely in your strength, as is the light Of a dark eye in woman! Far along >From peak to peak, the rattling crags among, Leaps the lire thunder! Not from one lone cloud, But every mountain now hath found a tongue, And Jura answers thro' her misty shroud, Back to the joyous Alps who call to her aloud! And this is in the night:--Most glorious night! Thou wer't not sent for slumber! let me be A sharer in thy far and fierce delight,-- A portion of the tempest and of me! How the lit lake shines a phosphoric sea, And the big rain comet dancing to the earth! And now again 'tis black,--and now the glee Of the loud hills shakes with its mountain mirth, As if they did rejoice o'er a young; earthquake's birth, Now where the swift Rhine cleaves his way between Heights which appear, as lovers who have parted In haste, whose mining depths so intervene, That they can meet no more, tho' broken hearted; Tho' in their souls which thus each other thwarted, Love was the very root of the fond rage Which blighted their life's bloom, and then departed-- Itself expired, but leaving; them an age Of years all winter--war within themselves to wage. I went clown to the little port, if I may use the expression, wherein his vessel used to lay, and conversed with the cottager, who had the care of it. You may smile, but I have my pleasure in thus helping my personification of the individual I admire, by attaining to the knowledge of those circumstances which were daily around him. I have made numerous enquiries in the town concerning him, but can learn nothing. He only went into society there once, when M. Pictet took him to the house of a lady to spend the evening. They say he is a very singular man, and seem to think him very uncivil. Amongst other things they relate, that having invited M. Pictet and Bonstetten to dinner, he went on the lake to Chillon, leaving a gentleman who travelled with him to receive them and make his apologies. Another evening, being invited to the house of Lady D------ H------, he promised to attend, but upon approaching the windows of her ladyship's villa, and perceiving the room to be full of company, he set down his friend, desiring him to plead his excuse, and immediately returned home.
After having given him something to refresh him. sought for society. began relating ghost stories. having taken a house below. W. It is said. however. she mentioned tho outline of a ghost story by Lord Byron. of his having been avoided by his countrymen on the continent. and who has collected them round herself at her mansion. It was afterwards proposed. well acquainted with the agrémens de la Société. P. but before he had been seated many minutes. to peruse the ebauches of so great a genius. a gentleman well known for extravagance of doctrine.such is female curiosity and affectation! He visited Coppet frequently.of having in his house two sisters as the partakers of his revels. as he has been generally sought by them. and return after passing the evening with his friends. which was undertaken by Lord B. I find. W. Mr. the lady above referred to. following the servant who had announced his name. It was chiefly here. the same lady. from long acquaintance. The Modern Prometheus. and herewith Forward them to you. even to sign himself with the title of ATHeo*s in the Album at Chamouny. Shelly. Godwin and Miss Clermont. Though I have been so unsuccessful in this town. This is. that the gentleman who travelled with Lord Byron. Percy Bysshe Shelly. It appears that one evening Lord B. the two ladies and the gentleman before alluded to. as physician. in their profession.. at which time. and Miss M. His only companion was the physician I have already mentioned. indeed. as I was assured you would feel as much curiosity as myself. and for his daring. in one of their flat-bottomed boats. often whilst the storms were raging in the circling summits of the mountains around. and were often seen upon the lake with his Lordship. The case happens to be directly the reverse. _________________________________________________________________ INTRODUCTION. I must. the centre of which is the Countess of Breuss. (the daughters of the celebrated Mr. entirely destitute of truth. a Russian lady. with several of the families in this neighbourhood.org . and it has only assumed its present form since the division of the Latin and Greek churches. There is a society three or four miles from Geneva. B. I have gathered from their accounts some excellent traits of his lordship's character.* My friend. returned and conversed with him a considerable time--." THE VAMPYRE. with cold drops of perspiration trickling down his face. which was entitled Phantasmagoriana. had in her possession the outline of each of these stories. upon enquiring into the cause of his alarm. they found that his wild imagination having pictured to him the bosom of one of the ladies with eyes (which was reported of a lady in the neighbourhood where he lived) he was obliged to leave the room in order to destroy the impression. apparently without success.The Vampyre. that each of the company present should write a tale depending upon some supernatural agency. about eleven or twelve at night. Godwin) they were frequently visitors at Diodati. though on most occasions. and of course associated there with several of his countrymen. " * Since published under the title of "Frankenstein. in which he resided with Miss M. Among other things which the lady. a Tale 3 This will serve as a contradiction to the report which yon tell me is current in England. then unpublished. who evinced no reluctance to moot him whom his enemies alone would represent as au outcast. related to me. after having perused a German work. the truth of which is here positively denied. however.. or. like many other charges which have been brought against his lordship. free him from one imputation attached to him--. extend itself to the Greeks until after the establishment of Christianity. that upon paying his first visit at Coppet. He used almost every day to cross the lake by himself. and those immediately under his influence. which gave rise to the report. Shelly's mind. and discovered him leaning against a mantle-piece. the whole took so strong a hold of Mr. he was surprised to meet a lady carried oat fainting. the physician. As he became intimate. when his lordship having recited the beginning of Christabel. in the course of conversation. Godwin. __________ THE superstition upon which this tale is founded is very general in the East. Among the Arabians it appears to be common: it did not. The physician and Lord Byron followed. that he suddenly started up and ran out of the room. which I will relate to you at some future opportunity. from whom I procured these anecdotes. The report originated from the following circumstance: Mr. 1 have been more fortunate in my enquiries elsewhere. the idea http://www. I obtained them as a great favour.manyebooks. who had been so affected at the sound of his name.
In many parts of Greece it is considered as a sort of punishment after death. Then with unhallowed hand shall tear The tresses of her yellow hair. In the London Journal. and entirely free from corruption. the inhabitants having consulted their Hadagni. Go--and with Gouls and Afrits rave. named Arnold Paul. Shall know the demon for their sire. who became emaciated." But first on earth. ere they yet expire. lost their strength. Of which. Mr. they resorted to the accustomed remedy. This done. many persons complained of having been tormented by him. It appears. sister. wife. 1732. that. that the deceased is not only doomed to vampyrise. still extant. /. for some heinous crime committed whilst in existence. This monstrous rodomontade is here related. Yet loathe the banquet which perforce Must feed thy livid living corse.took up tho body. they cut off his head. There from thy daughter. that a person tucked by a vampyre becomes a vampyre himself. whilst these human blood-suckers fattened --. credible account of a particular case of vampyrism. * The universal belief is. Then ghastly haunt the native place. of March. that a Latin body could not corrupt if buried in their territory. it gradually increased. become agents upon others who survived them. that. Austria. best beloved of all. Proof having been thus obtained. a Tale 4 becoming prevalent. Southey has also introduced in his wild but beautiful poem of " Thalaba. and emitting at the mouth. burned his body. And suck the blood of all thy race. they positively and unanimously affirmed. To prevent further mischief. Till these in horror shrink away >From spectre more accursed than they.That word shall wrap thy heart in flame! Yet thou must end thy task and mark Her cheek's last tinge--her eye's last spark. of course. in their turn. because it seems better adapted to illustrate the subject of the present observations than any other instance which could be adduced. lest they should. " the vampyre corse of the Arabian maid Oneiza. in Hungary. thou cursing them. and haggard lip. on the frontiers of the Turkish Servia. Thy victims.org .But now is borne away by thee Memorial of thine agony! Yet with thine own best blood shall drip. and threw the ashes into his grave. Poland. and speedily died of consumptions. and a deposition was made. In the West it spread. with some slight variation. he had been tormented by a vampyre. for. and.Chief bailiff. who is represented as having returned from the grave for the purpose of tormenting him she best loved whilst in existence. as to cause the blood to flow from all the passages of their bodies. and sucks in his turn. At midnight drain the stream of life. pure and florid blood. but had found a way to rid himself of the evil. where the belief existed. As cursing thee./. at Cassovia. and rubbing himself with his blood. in life a lock when shorn Affection's fondest pledge was worn-. about twenty or thirty days after his death and burial. that upon an examination of the commander-in-chief and magistrates of the place. This precaution. ---A supposition alluded to in the "Giaour. and Lorraine. and formed the subject of many wonderful stories. Shall bless thee with a father's name-. Thy corse shall from its tomb be rent. http://www. Then stalking to thy sullen grave. But one that for thy crime must fall. Thy gnashing tooth. But this cannot be supposed to have resulted from the sinfulness of her life. but compelled to confine his infernal visitations solely to those beings he loved most while upon earththose to whom he was bound by ties of kindred and affection. about five years before. all over Hungary. The youngest. as Vampyre sent. that vampyres nightly imbibed a certain portion of the blood of their victims. however. Thy flowers are withered on the stem. And the last glassy glance must view Which freezes o'er its lifeless blue. had been heard to say.and their veins became distended to such a state of repletion. at which he is reported to have cried out as dreadfully as if he had been alive. a certain Heyduke. did not prevent him from becoming a vampyre* himself.manyebooks. is a curious. by eating some of the earth out of the vampyre's grave. The same measures were adopted with the corses of those persons who had previously died from vampyrism. and found it (as is supposed to be usual in cases of vampyrism) fresh. that four persons had been deprived of life by his attacks. of the dead rising from their graves. A stake was driven entirely through the heart and body of Arnold Paul. and even from the very pores of their skins.The Vampyre. and ears. and feeding upon the blood of the young and beautiful. which is stated to have occurred at Madreyga. nose.
that high romantic feeling of honour and candour. which were as warm. which never gained a warmer tint. and Calmet. About the same time. to attract his notice:--. upon his entering into the gay circles. but which were better adapted to the painter's eye by their irregular folds and various coloured patches. The veracious Tournefort gives a long account in his travels of several astonishing cases of vampyrism. all wished to see him. tending to prove it to be a classical.---even her unappalled impudence was baffled. Apparently. by their brightening countenances when he approached. that few knew he ever addressed himself to females. Those who felt this sensation of awe. _________________________________________________________________ THE VAMPYRE. more remarkable for his singularities. Goul. He believed all to sympathise with virtue. and by their sparkling eyes. Many curious and interesting notices on this singularly horrible superstition might be added.manyebooks. and those who had been accustomed to violent excitement. it was not that the female sex was indifferent to him: yet such was the apparent caution with which he spoke to the virtuous wife and innocent daughter. and gain. many mothers surrounded him. there are several others synonimous with it. threw herself in his way. or that they were moved by his apparent hatred of vice. the reputation of a winning tongue. did not seem to penetrate. in his great work upon this subject. &c. who thought it their duty merely to take care of his fortune. and which may now be concluded by merely remarking. He had. were pleased at having something in their presence capable of engaging their attention.The Vampyre. the field. he was as often among those females who form the boast of their sex from their domestic virtues. and throw fear into those breasts where thoughtlessness reigned. which daily ruins so many milliners' apprentices. by parent» who died while he was yet in childhood. has put forth some learned dissertations. striving which should describe with least truth their languishing or romping favourites: the daughters at the same time. a Tale she being pourtrayed throughout the whole of the tale as a complete type of purity and innocence. could not explain whence it arose: some attributed it to the dead grey eye. there came to London a young gentleman of the name of Aubrey: he was an orphan left with an only sister in the possession of great wealth. But though the common adultress could not influence even the guidance of his eyes. still it seemed as if they were unperceived. He had. and rich: for these reasons. and now felt the weight of ennui. and did all but put on the dress of a mountebank. when he opened his lips.though in vain:--. Left also to himself by guardians. that though the term Vampyre is the one in most general acceptation. however. he cultivated more his imagination than his judgment. as if he could not participate therein. hence. though his eyes were apparently fixed upon her's. and traditionary narratives illustrative of its effects. He gazed upon the mirth around him. though its form and outline were beautiful. as well as barbarian error. which. at least. as among those who sully it by their vices. there appeared at the various parties of the leaders of the ton a nobleman. either from the blush of modesty. and whether it was that it even overcame the dread of his singular character. In spite of the deadly hue of his face. besides a variety of anecdotes. frank. Vardoulacha. to which he pretends to have been an eyewitness. while they relinquished the more important charge of his mind to the care of mercenary subalterns. fixing upon the object's face.org . and at one glance to pierce through to the inward workings of the heart. necessarily devoted to explanation. He was handsome. but fell upon the cheek with a leaden ray that weighed upon the skin it could not pass. that the dreams of poets were the realities of life. made use of in various parts of the world: as Vroucolocha. or from the strong emotion of passion. that he might by a look quell it. __________ 5 IT happened that in the midst of the dissipations attendant upon a London winter. and thought that vice was thrown in by Providence merely for the picturesque effect of the scene. though the present may suffice for the limits of a note. in fine. as we see in romances: he thought that the misery of a cottage merely consisted in the vesting of clothes. soon led him into false notions of http://www.when she stood before him. Me thought. the light laughter of the fair only attracted his attention. Broucoloka. and she left. His peculiarities caused him to be invited to every house. who had been the mockery of every monster shewn in drawing-rooms since her marriage. some marks of what they might term affection: Lady Mercer. many of the female hunters after notoriety attempted to win his attentions. than his rank.
and the very impossibility of forming an idea of the character of a man entirely absorbed in himself. except in the tallow and wax candles that flickered. who. he hinted to his guardians. which generally prevails over the retiring bashfulness of the virtuous indigent.manyebooks. from the notes of preparation in -. had only whetted his curiosity. Aubrey often wished to represent this to his friend. apparently. without a single farthing of his late immense wealth. however. or sunk to the lowest and the most abject misery. inevitably found that there was a curse upon it. but immediately lost. There was one circumstance about the charity of his Lordship. and soon found. but from want of snuffing. Attached as lie was to the romance of his solitary hours. that he was about to travel. except where the known sharper was his antagonist. he was sent away with rich charity.The Vampyre. however. reduced to indigence by the misfortunes attendant even upon virtue. ---these were sent from the door with hardly suppressed sneers. His companion was profuse in his liberality. he soon formed this object into the hero of a romance. the fate that had drawn him within the reach of this fiend. in the solitude of a dungeon. ---but he delayed it---for each day ho hoped his friend would give him some opportunity of http://www. He gradually learnt that Lord Ruthven's affairs were embarrassed. till now. however. though many more of his actions were exposed to his view.org . for they were all either led to the scaffold. whilst many a father sat frantic. and beg him to resign that charity and pleasure which proved the ruin of all. or the luckless father of a numerous family. and then he lost even more than he gained. and always gambled with success. implied by the avoidance of their contact: allowing his imagination to picture every thing that flattered its propensity to extravagant ideas. and the beggar. Finding. paid him attentions. which for many generations has been thought necessary to enable the young to take some rapid steps in the career of vice towards putting themselves upon an equality with the aged. than the tacit assent to their existence. attributed by him to the greater importunity of the vicious. Aubrey was surprized at the apparent eagerness with which his companion sought for the centres of all fashionable vice. with which he generally watched the society around: it was not. that. the last gilder he had just snatched from the convulsive grasp of the innocent: this might but be the result of a certain degree of knowledge. Yet he took no money from tho gambling table. from which he had formed his study. This was. to the ruiner of many. was surprised to receive from him a proposal to join him. Flattered by such a mark of esteem from him. had nothing in common with other men. the results offered different conclusions from (lie apparent motives to his conduct. so when he encountered the rash youthful novice. capable of combating the cunning of the more experienced. or to sink him still deeper in his iniquity. that he bestowed his alms. he was startled at finding. which was not. that. some compensation in his gratified vanity. torn from the circle he adorned. and not allowing them to appear as if fallen from the skies. wherewith to buy even sufficient to satisfy their present craving. that his presence was always recognised. He became acquainted with him. Aubrey had had no opportunity of studying Lord Ruthven's character. according to the degree of skill shewn in carrying them on. however. that it was not upon the virtuous. but when the profligate came to ask something. who. the vagabond. crossed him in his career. which was still more impressed upon his mind: all those upon whom it was bestowed. but to allow him to wallow in his lust. and so far advanced upon his notice.Street. Hitherto. received from his hand more than enough to relieve their immediate wants. and now he found. rather than the person before him. but it was always with the same unchanging face. there he entered into all the spirit of the faro table: he betted. he was about to relinquish his dreams. and did not tend to his own profit. At Brussels and other towns through which they passed. not from the presence of a ghost. and in a few days they hail passed the circling waters. that it was time for him to perform the tour. amidst the speaking looks of mute hungry children. cursing. and determined to observe the offspring of his fancy. then his very wish seemed fortune's law---this apparent abstractedness of mind was laid aside. Desirous of gaining some information respecting this singular character. he gladly accepted it. he left the formerly affluent youth. when the extraordinary being we have above described. But Aubrey could not avoid remarking. In every town. a Tale his talents and his merit. who gave few other signs of his observation of external objects. there was no foundation in real life for any of that congeries of pleasing pictures and descriptions contained in those volumes. not to relieve his wants. 6 He watched him. whenever scandalous intrigues are mentioned as the subjects of pleasantry or of praise. They consented: and Aubrey immediately mentioning his intentions to Lord Ruthven. ---the idle. and his eyes sparkled with more fire than that of the cat whilst dallying with lire half-dead mouse.
but also concerning the character of his Lordship. that his Lordship was endeavouring to work upon the inexperience of the daughter of the lady whose house he chiefly frequented. and often would the unconscious girl. soon found himself at Athens. he was therefore obliged to carry on his plans in secret. and Aubrey for a time lost sight of his companion. he entered the apartment of Lord Ruthven. for who would have exchanged her eye. that his contempt for the adultress had not originated in hatred of her character. show the whole beauty of her form. had. His guardians insisted upon his immediately leaving his friend. He entered into the same circle. or tripped along the mountain's side. The assignation was prevented. that from that moment he must decline accompanying his Lordship in the remainder of their proposed tour. to the eager gaze of him. Under the same roof as himself. Often would her tresses falling. whilst he went in search of the memorials of another almost deserted city. Having left Rome. As she danced upon the plain. so beautiful and delicate. it is seldom that an unmarried female is met with in society. that his intentions were such as he supposed all would have upon such an occasion. apparently on account of their virtue. but did not hint any suspicion of his plans having been foiled by Aubrey's interposition. he obtained no greater gratification from it than the constant excitement of vainly wishing to break that mystery. since his departure. ho ordered his servant to seek other apartments. that all those females whom he had sought. and amidst the various wild and rich scenes of nature. should be hurled from the pinnacle of unsullied virtue. and calling upon tho mother of the lady. but Aubrey's eye followed him in all his windings. one would have thought the gazelle a poor type of her beauties. and had not scrupled to expose the whole deformity of their vices to the public gaze. and soon occupied himself in tracing the faded records of ancient glory upon monuments that apparently. but that he had required. wishing. Lord Ruthven in his carriage. and upon being pressed whether he intended to marry her. if it had before entered into his imagination that there was an evil power resident in his companion. informing him at the same time that he was aware of his being about to meet her that very night. the first was from his sister. a Tale speaking frankly and openly to him. the partner of his guilt. He resolved to invent some plausible pretext for abandoning him altogether. rendered his licentious habits more dangerous to society. He then fixed his residence in the house of a Greek. that his character was dreadfully vicious. had hidden themselves beneath the sheltering soil or many coloured lichen. informed her of all he knew. letters arrived from England. 7 They soon arrived at Rome. existed a being. Losing no time. and urged. to watch him more closely. which he opened with eager impatience. which would most likely end in the ruin of an innocent. exhibit in the sun's ray such delicately brilliant and http://www. apparently the eye of animated nature. and crossing the Peninsula. and soon perceived. and soon discovered that an assignation had been appointed. as she flitted around. Lord Ruthven answered. Lord Ruthven next day merely sent his servant to notify his complete assent to a separation.org . to pourtray oil canvass the promised hope of the faithful in Mahomet's paradise. which to his exalted imagination began to assume the appearance of something supernatural. in the mean while. however. was always the same: his eye spoke less than his lip. It had been discovered. to enhance his gratification. and abruptly asked him his intentions with respect to the lady. thrown even the mask aside. this never occurred. ashamed of chronicling the deeds of freemen only before slaves. that she might have formed the model for a painter. in tho contemplation of her sylph-like figure. down to the lowest abyss of infamy and degradation: in fine. floating as it were upon the wind. In Italy. immediately writing a note. merely laughed. for that the possession of irresistible powers of seduction.manyebooks. to say. these seemed to give him sufficient reason for the belief.The Vampyre. who forgot the letters he had just decyphered upon an almost effaced tablet. engaged in the pursuit of a Kashmere butterfly. that his victim. and though Aubrey was near the object of his curiosity. Aubrey retired. Whilst he was thus engaged. purposing. Aubrey directed his steps towards Greece. for that sleepy luxurious look of the animal suited but to the taste of an epicure. though thoughtless girl. and to let no slight circumstances pass by unnoticed. The light step of Ianthe often accompanied Aubrey in his search after antiquities. breathing nothing but affection. the latter astonished him. save that her eyes spoke too much mind for any one to think she could belong to those who had no souls. and. he left him in daily attendance upon the morning circle of an Italian countess. whose character had not yet shown a single bright point on which to rest the eye. Aubrey determined upon leaving one. the others were from his guardians. not only with regard to her daughter.
pale with horror at the very name. and then. however. and they both. a Tale 8 swiftly fading hues. after the day had closed. Twilight. and that in the horizon there was one of those specks which. her innocence. and denounced the most heavy evils as impending upon him who dared to cross their path. Ianthe was unconscious of his love. and often as she told him the tale of the living vampyre. he was surprised to observe the melancholy face of his host. by feeding upon the life of a lovely female to prolong his existence for the ensuing months. would paint. and when she found him so incredulous. and watch the magic effects of his pencil. and earnestly begged of him to return. but none can appreciate?---It was innocence. as he must necessarily pass through a wood. upon any consideration. Soon after. which obliged them. she begged of him to believe her. who let escape from his mind the very object he had before thought of vital importance to the proper interpretation of a passage in Pausanias. and. determined to make up by speed for his delay: but it was too late. She detailed to him the traditional appearance of these monsters. whilst he attempted to laugh her out of such idle and horrible fantasies. he would depart. and beauty. unaffected by crowded drawing-rooms and stifling. still he found himself more and more attached to the almost fairy form before him. He would tear himself at times from her. though at the same time he wondered at the many coincidences which had all tended to excite a belief in the supernatural power of Lord Ruthven. forming a plan for some antiquarian research. night begins: and ere he had advanced far. had inspired them with such terror.manyebooks. When he was about to depart.---he promised. mocking the belief of those horrible fiends. Her earnestness and apparent belief of what she narrated. she would then describe to him the circling dance upon the open plain. when they heard the name of the place. and was concerned to find that his words.The Vampyre. in tracing the scenes of her native place. he. > but lathe cited to him the names of old men. they all at once begged of him not to return at night.balls. the very name of which apparently made their blood freeze. marrying an uneducated Greek girl. to him in all the glowing colours of youthful memory. immediately the sun sets. mounted his horse. who had at last detected one living among themselves. and while he ridiculed the idea of a young man of English habits. in these southern climates. always had some proof given. by hearing a pretty accurate description of Lord Ruthven. but he always found it impossible to fix his attention upon the ruins around him. in the warmer climates. where no Greek would ever remain. affirmed their existence. whilst in his mind he retained an image that seemed alone the rightful possessor of his thoughts. so rapidly gather into a tremendous mass. turning to subjects that had evidently made a greater impression upon her mind. and dearest ties. however. is almost unknown. for it had been. won his heart. he was silent. and was ever the same frank infantile being he had find: known. its might well excuse the forgetfulness of the antiquary. Whilst he drew those remains of which lie wished to preserve a memorial for his future hours. Ianthe came to the side of his horse. and his horror was increased. ore night allowed the power of these beings to be put in action. but it was because she had no longer any one with whom she could visit her favourite haunts. youth. but when he saw them shudder at his daring thus to mock a superior. and pour all their rage upon the devoted country. however. that there could be no truth in her fears. But why attempt to describe charms which all feel. with several present.. the marriage pomp she remembered viewing in her infancy. Next morning Aubrey set off upon his excursion unattended. to confess it was true. and tried to laugh them out of the idea. still persisted in persuading her. Aubrey made light of their representations. remarked. who had passed years amidst his friends. so contrasted with all the affected virtues of the women among whom he had sought for his vision of romance. that lie did not perceive that day-light would soon end. with grief and heartbreaking. his blood would run cold. determined not to return until his object was attained. They described it as the resort of the vampyres in their nocturnal orgies. He was. which was to detain him for a few hours. that those who had dared to question their existence. whilst her guardian was occupied in sketching or uncovering some fragment which had yet escaped the destructive hand of time. She always seemed to part from him with reluctance.org . she would stand by. Aubrey began to attach himself more and more to Ianthe. the power of the storm was above---its echoing thunders had scarcely an interval of rest---its thick heavy rain forced its way through the canopying http://www. Aubrey determined to proceed upon one of his excursions. so occupied in his research. after several of their near relatives and children had been found marked with the stamp of the fiend's appetite. infernal power. She had appealed to her parents on the subject of Vampyres. excited the interest even of Aubrey. would tell him all the supernatural tales of her nurse. ---He at last. forced every year.
he approached. yet there was a stillness about her face that seemed almost as attaching as the life that once dwelt there:--. he was horrified and startled at the sight of him whose image he had now combined with that of a Vampyre. ---To describe their grief would be impossible. but as soon as his convalescence began to be rapid. which had been found in the hut. with a smile of malicious exultation playing upon his lips: he knew not why. They entered. or in marking the progress of those orbs. The animal at last.---he was startled: but. Aubrey being put to bed was seized with a most violent fever. but this smile haunted him. He was apparently unperceived.---he instantly rose. was no longer heard. Lord Ruthven. the thunders. whom he immediately seized. not even upon her lip. except that at times he was surprised to meet his gaze fixed intently upon him. from whatever motive. They were soon met by different parties who had been engaged in the search of her whom a mother had missed. he. anxiety. by the glare of lightning. He found himself in utter darkness: the sound. hoping to find some one to guide him to the town. but when they ascertained the cause of their child's death. There was no colour upon her cheek. and was often delirious. as he broke through the wood. implying almost repentance for the fault that had caused their separation. they looked at Aubrey. circling. At the desire of Aubrey they searched for her who had attracted him by her cries. hoping that it was but a vision arising from his disturbed imagination. and. simultaneously struck with horror. He knew not what his thoughts were---his mind was benumbed and seemed to shun reflection. Their lamentable cries. when a voice cried. or at least trusting to obtain shelter from the pelting of the storm. and he felt himself grappled by one whose strength seemed superhuman: determined to sell his life as dearly as he could. exultant mockery of a laugh. "Again baffled!" to which a loud laugh succeeded. both died broken-hearted. allowed him to hear the dreadful shrieks of a woman mingling with the stifled. whilst the blue forked lightning seemed to fall and radiate at his very feet. disturbed him. As he approached. when the light of the torches once more burs. and. guided him. and Aubrey perceived no difference from the former man. he no longer appeared that apathetic being who had so astonished Aubrey. At other times he would imprecate maledictions upon his head. in these intervals he would call upon Lord Ruthven and upon Ianthe---by some unaccountable combination he seemed to beg of his former companion to spare the being he loved. and no notice was taken of him. and kneeling upon his breast. forced open the door of the hut. and Aubrey. and the thatch loaded on every individual straw with heavy flakes of soot. His lordship seemed quite changed. to perceive the airy form of his fair conductress brought in a lifeless corse. was soon heard by those without. the light of their torches fell upon the mud walls. They were inconsolable. by his kind words. immediately placed himself in the same house. but it was in vain: he was lifted from his feet and hurled with enormous force against the ground: ---his enemy threw himself upon him. still the sounds continued. when he unclosed them. incapable of moving. the moveless sun. During the last stage of the invalid's recovery. he struggled. Suddenly his horse took fright. leaving his prey. stretched by his side. chanced at this time to arrive at Athens.---indeed. however. and in a moment the crashing of the brandies. When the latter recovered from his delirium. but what was his horror. and he was carried with dreadful rapidity through the entangled forest. and still more by the attention. had placed his hands upon his throat --. Dismounting. The storm was now still.manyebooks. continued in one almost unbroken sound. rushed through the door. he appeared to wish to avoid the eyes of all. he again gradually retired into the same state of mind. crying. a Tale 9 foliage. like our world. upon hearing of the state of Aubrey. for. for a moment silent. and care which he showed. http://www. soon reconciled him to his presence. " A Vampyre! a Vampyre!" A litter was quickly formed. roused by the thunder which again rolled over his head. and he found. upon him. that he was in the neighbourhood of a hovel that hardly lifted itself up from the masses of dead leaves and brushwood which surrounded it. through fatigue. and became his constant attendant. he was again left in darkness.The Vampyre. and Aubrey was laid by the side of her who had lately been to him the object of so many bright and fairy visions.when the glare of many torches penetrating through the hole that gave light in the day. but he again saw the same form. He found himself in contact with some one. stopped. and upon her throat were the marks of teeth having opened the vein:---to this the men pointed. He shut his eyes. and take refuge in vacancy---he held almost unconsciously in his hand a naked dagger of a particular construction. and pointed to the corse. as they approached the city. but Lord Ruthven. Lord Ruthven was apparently engaged in watching the tideless waves raised by the cooling breeze.upon her neck and breast was blood. though he called. and curse him as her destroyer. now fallen with the flower of life that had died within her. with a sudden effort. forewarned the parents of some dreadful catastrophe.org .
her pale face and wounded throat. my honour were free from stain in the world's mouth---and if my death were unknown for some time in England---I---I---but life. with a meek smile upon her lips. if any of the robbers should climb above and take them in the rear. for scarcely were tho whole of the party engaged in the narrow pass."---" It shall not be known. Ianthe's form stood by his side---if he sought it in the woods. upon his retiring. to whom he held himself bound by the tender care he-had taken of him during his illness." replied Aubrey. by this shock."---"How? tell me how? I would do any thing. He determined to fly scenes. more to serve as guides than as a defence. he sunk laughing upon his pillow."---"Swear !" cried the dying man. and he knew not why. was soon surprised by seeing the robbers' faces around him---his guards having.org . which they imagined were only the invention of individuals. Upon entering. but much as he wished for solitude. for a year and a day you will not impart your knowledge of my crimes or death to any living being in any way. In consequence of thus neglecting the advice of the inhabitants. and. his mind could not find it in the neighbourhood of Athens. I heed the death of my existence as little as that of the passing day. a Tale 10 Aubrey's mind. had begun to fire in the direction whence the report came. upon Lord Ruthven's being wounded. In an instant their guards had left them. Aubrey hastened to his assistance. whose interest it was to excite the generosity of those whom they defended from pretended dangers. Hardly had they lost the shelter of the rock. a narrow defile. Rising early in the morning. when he remembered his oath a cold shivering came over him. having been conveyed by himself and comrades. he was no more disturbed by their presence---they being content merely to guard the entrance till their comrade should return with the promised sum. who was induced to offer his assistance with more than usual earnestness--"Assist me! you may save me---you may do more than that---I mean not my life. and that elasticity of spirit which had once so distinguished him now seemed to have fled for ever. Aubrey retired to rest. to his wild imagination. They heard much of robbers. her light step would appear wandering amidst the underwood. and having agreed upon a ransom. by all your nature fears. raising himself with exultant violence. they had reason to repent their negligence. He proposed to Lord Ruthven. when a robber met him. and informed him that it was no longer there. they determined at once to rush forward in search of the enemy. at the bottom of which was the bed of a torrent. They travelled in every direction. and by the echoed report of several guns. when they were startled by the whistling of bullets close to their heads. his mind became apparently uneasy. for which he had an order.The Vampyre. when Lord Ruthven received a shot in the shoulder. every feature of which created such bitter associations in his mind. placing themselves behind rocks. swear that. His conduct and appearance had not changed. according to a promise they had given his lordship. if he sought it amidst the ruins he had formerly frequented. then suddenly turning round. "---His eyes seemed bursting from their sockets: " I swear !" said Aubrey. and his eye often fixed upon Aubrey. imitating their example. in two days mortification ensued. and breathed no more. By promises of great reward. Aubrey soon induced them to convey his wounded friend to a neighbouring cabin. which brought him to the ground. and being exposed to unresisting slaughter. to the pinnacle of a neighbouring mount. Lord Ruthven and Aubrey. ---"I need but little---my life ebbs apace---I cannot explain the whole---but if you would conceal all you know of me. would show. with large masses of rock brought down from the neighbouring precipices.manyebooks. that it should be exposed to the first cold ray of the http://www. and death seemed advancing with hasty steps. " Swear by all your soul reveres. immediately thrown up their arms and surrendered. on one occasion they travelled with only a few guards. yet they seemed not to heed what they gazed upon. retired for a moment behind the sheltering turn of the defile: but ashamed of being thus detained by a foe. and sought every spot to which a recollection could be attached: but though they thus hastened from place to place. who with insulting shouts bade them advance. but they gradually began to slight these reports. was much weakened. and. your friend's honour. however. the many circumstances attending his acquaintance with this man rose upon his mind. in quest of the modest violet. he seemed as unconscious of pain as he had been of the objects about him: but towards the close of the last evening. no longer heeding the contest or his own peril. He was now as much a lover of solitude and silence as Lord Ruthven. he was about to enter the hovel in which he had left the corpse. Lord Ruthven's strength rapidly decreased. but did not sleep. that they should visit those parts of Greece neither had yet seen. whatever may happen. or whatever you may see. as if from the presentiment of something horrible awaiting him. but you may save my honour.
She was yet only eighteen. he was afraid that this lady had fallen a victim to the destroyer of Ianthe. and had not been presented to the world. He left Smyrna. a breeze. For a time his mind was bewildered in conjectures. The crowd was excessive---a drawing-room had not been held for a long time. a Tale 11 moon that rose after his death. and on his way home. when he might be her protector. he resolved to leave it. and she had not been heard of since the departure of his lordship. when his mind had been so torn by the events he had witnessed. but he determined to sacrifice his own comfort to the protection of his sister. though peculiarly shaped. Whilst turning them over. Aubrey astonished. There were several daggers and ataghans. in the embraces and caresses of his sister. But. Aubrey was there with his sister.---that face were then playing in the light of their own native sphere. there were also drops of blood on each. and his only occupation consisted in urging the speed of the postilions. and soon arrived at Smyrna. engaged in the remembrance that the first time he had seen Lord Ruthven was in that very place---he felt himself suddenly seized by the arm. which seemed obedient to his will. and prepared for the next day. There was none of that light brilliancy which only exists in the heated atmosphere of a crowded apartment. and would in her presence forget those griefs she knew destroyed his rest. and his horror may be imagined when he discovered that it fitted. and all who were anxious to bask in the smile of royalty. by her infantine caresses. but he at last returned. their fortune ruined. When alone. While waiting for a vessel to convey him to Otranto. and a voice he recognized http://www. had gained his affection. Miss Aubrey had not that winning grace which gains the gaze and applause of the drawing-room assemblies. yet still he wished to disbelieve. but when her brother breathed to her his affection. He could not fed interest about the frivolities of fashionable strangers. He arrived at Calais. Aubrey's mind became almost broken under so many repeated horrors. he occupied himself in arranging those effects be had with him belonging to Lord Ruthven. he found the weapon.The Vampyre. Her parents were in distress. when he had mounted to the summit he found no trace of either the corpse or the clothes.manyebooks.org . she was still more attaching as a companion. and examining their curious forms. but from some feeling within. and taking several of the men. They soon arrived in town. which strays where'er a butterfly or a colour may attract---it was sedate and pensive. He became morose and silent. though the robbers swore they pointed out the identical rock: on which they had laid the body. soon wafted him to the English shores. Amongst other things there was a case containing several weapons of offence. the same varying tints upon the haft and sheath were alike in splendour on both. it having been thought by her guardians more fit that her presentation should be delayed until her brother's return from the continent. His eyes seemed to need no further certainty---they seemed gazing to be bound to the dagger. who would have exchanged her smile for that of the voluptuary? It seemed as if those eyes. or to Naples. her face was never brightened by the smile of joy. resolved that the next drawing-room. appeared to lose. as if he were going to save the life of some one he held dear. determined to go and bury it upon the spot where it lay. now that the woman began to appear. more or less adapted to ensure the death of the victim. Her step was not that light footing. at Rome. and fed upon the melancholy which overpowered him. all memory of the past. his first inquiries were concerning the lady he had attempted to snatch from Lord Ruthven's seductive arts. therefore. for a moment. should be the epoch of her entry into the "busy scene. which had been announced as a drawing-room. It was now. Her blue eye was never lit up by the levity of the mind beneath. " Aubrey would rather have remained in the mansion of his fathers. that appeared to indicate a soul conscious of a brighter realm. what was his surprise at finding a sheath apparently ornamented in the same style as the dagger discovered in the fatal hut---he shuddered---hastening to gain further proof. but the particular form. While he was standing in a corner by himself. convinced that they had buried the corpse for the sake of the clothes. and there. and he hastened to the mansion of his fathers. heedless of all around him. There was a melancholy charm about it which did not seem to arise from misfortune. If she before. which was fast approaching. and in which all apparently conspired to heighten that superstitious melancholy that had seized upon his mind. and left no room for doubt. hastened thither. Weary of a country in which he had met with such terrible misfortunes. the sheath he held in his hand.
Lord Ruthven again before him---circumstances started up in dreadful array---the dagger---his oath. employed people to follow him. to support nature. that his sister was at last obliged to beg of him to abstain from seeking. of whose presence they were unconscious. he roused himself. Struck with the idea that he left by his absence the whole of his friends. and. Leaving her under the protection of a matron. sounded in his ear---" Remember your oath. and revealed to him those features he most abhorred. If before his mind had been absorbed by one subject. His conduct. and disclose his suspicions. and watch him closely. His sister's attentions were now unheeded. he attempted to pass and get near her. At last. His oath startled him. that many were leaving. a society which affected him so strongly. and it was in vain that she intreated him to explain to her what had caused his abrupt conduct. for her sake. He gazed till his limbs almost refusing to bear their weight. fearing that his mind was becoming alienated. hurrying his sister. seized his sister's arm. his mind was resting upon. and. He had become emaciated. He only uttered a few words. turned round. but they were soon distanced by him who fled from a pursuer swifter than any---from thought. his inward shudderings so visible. and fixed his hands upon his head. and there gave himself up to his own devouring thoughts. the more he was bewildered. anxious to fly that image which haunted him. ho retired into a recess. do not touch him---if your love for me is aught. Perceiving. as if he were afraid his thoughts were bursting from his brain.The Vampyre. He paced the room with hurried steps. There he would often lie for days. how much more completely was it engrossed. found his sister surrounded by several. anxious for his safety. with hurried step. the name hung upon his lips. however. he would desire her not to touch him. with looks that severely affliced her. with a fiend amongst them. the same figure which had attracted his notice on this spot upon his first entry into society. at last. and entering another room. bearing ruin upon his breath. no longer capable of bearing stillness and solitude. at first he returned with the evening to the house. with eyes streaming with tears. then he would sometimes start. He hardly appeared to notice it. do not go http://www. anxious to forewarn. roamed from street to street. Aubrey became almost distracted. but at last he laid him down to rest wherever fatigue overtook him.---He roused himself. His dress became neglected. that he was confined to his chamber. but. he determined to enter again into society. and those terrified her. he again heard that voice whisper close to him--"Remember your oath!"--He did not dare to turn. he left his house. he was obliged to take the arm of a friend. however. and eat only when his sister came. when he perceived. suddenly changed. in spite of his oath. forced her towards the street: at the door he found himself impeded by the crowd of servants who were waiting for their lords. he threw himself into his carriage. When. " He had hardly courage to turn. for her sake. they thought it high time to resume again that trust which had been before imposed upon them by Aubrey's parents. and of preventing him from exposing to the general eye those marks of what they considered folly. whom he requested to move. all whom Lord Ruthven approached with intimacy. His sister. his haggard and suspicious looks were so striking. seizing her hands. He went a few nights after with lib sister to the assembly of a near relation. to go again into society. he could not believe it possible---the dead rise again!---He thought his imagination had conjured up the image. He sprang forward. when one. and forcing a passage through the crowd. but death.---the only sign of affection and recollection remaining displayed itself upon the entry of his sister. apparently in earnest conversation. " Oh. he saw no one. For days he remained in this state. fearful of seeing a spectre that would blast him. and he could not succeed in gaining information. besought him.--was he then to allow this monster to roam. for though he attempted to ask concerning Lord Ruthven. soon reached home.manyebooks. It was impossible that it could be real ---he determined. The more he thought. His incoherence became at last so great. shut up in his room. and not avert its progress? His very sister might have been touched by him. had been already mocked. the guardians thought proper to interpose. and was driven home. amidst all he held dear. he remembered. But even if he were to break his oath. who. Desirous of saving him from the injuries and sufferings he had daily encountered in his wanderings. a Tale 12 too well. He was no longer to be recognized. and. incapable of being roused. his eyes had attained a glassy lustre. therefore. as often exposed to the noon-day sun as to the midnight damps. they engaged a physician to reside in the house. now that the certainty of the monster's living again pressed upon his thoughts. and while he was engaged in passing them. so completely was his mind absorbed by one terrible subject. and take constant care of him. and he wandered.org . at a little distance. who would believe him? He thought of employing his own hand to free the world from such a wretch. remonstrance proved unavailing. But when he entered into a room.
but in vain. conjuring her. he looked as if he did not understand her---then seizing her hands. opening it. his existence. which served as an excuse for hastening the marriage. and retired. lie obtained an important embassy. Upon her asking him why he thus destroyed the resemblance of her future husband. attempted to bribe the servants. attributing this to the insanity they imagined had taken possession of his mind. Aubrey grew almost frantic. for he----But he could not advance---it seemed as if that voice again bade him remember his oath---he turned suddenly round. "True! true! and again he sank into a state. Thinking this was a young Earl whom he had met with in society. he implored. and Aubrey heard. he gradually won the car of Miss Aubrey. Aubrey seemed pleased. and to congratulate her upon her marriage with a person so distinguished for rank and every accomplishment. This lasted many months: gradually. they gradually stole away. for he pressed her to his breast. as she valued her own happiness. Night passed on without rest to the busy inmates of the house. he bade her swear that she would never wed this monster. his incoherences became less frequent. when. he thought it better not to harass any more the mind of Miss Aubrey by. He hastened to the house of his former companion. or such was the will of fate. and his mind threw off a portion of its gloom. whilst his guardians observed. and gazing on her with a frantic expression of countenance. They answered not. and then smile. he readily understood himself to be the cause of it. since he knew her. the notes of busy preparation. be wrote a letter to his sister. He fell upon his knees to them. and forcing him from Miss Aubrey. when his sister was going next day to be married. (in spite of her brother's deranged state. When he heard of Aubrey's ill health. wet with tears. He began to speak with all his wonted warmth. He seized the opportunity. but in a few minutes his sister was with him. the ravings of a maniac. upon the last day of the year.manyebooks. desired her to leave him. and trampled it under foot. leaving him in the custody of an helpless old woman.The Vampyre. however. with a horror that may more easily be conceived than described. The curiosity of the servants at last overcame their vigilance. and had been refused with every one else. who had heard the whole.--could tell how. a Tale 13 near him!" When. entered. he knew so well how to use the serpent's art. They.--in fine. had begun to seem worthy of preservation. Aubrey.org . He seized the portrait in a paroxysm of rage. to delay but for a few hours that marriage. on which he denounced the most heavy curses.) which was to take place the very day before his departure for the continent. they mentioned the name of the Earl of Marsden. by constant attendance. and the honour of those now in the grave. when he was left by the physician and his guardians. her own honour. The time had nearly elapsed. Instantly Aubrey's attention was attracted. what was his surprise at beholding the features of the monster who had so long influenced his life. The title of the elder branch falling at length to him. flowing at the thought of her brother's being once more alive to the feelings of affection. he asked anxiously to whom. but when he learned that he was deemed insane. In the meantime the guardians and physician. with http://www. but giving it to the physician. of which they feared he had been deprived. and the sound of carriages broke upon his ear. she inquired to whom he referred. it was given him. who once held her in their arms as their hope and the hope of their house. The servants promised they would deliver it. when he suddenly perceived a locket upon her breast. and the pretence of great affection for the brother and interest in his fate. and thought this was but a return of his disorder. save with her to whom he addressed himself. however. He was apparently again capable of being affected by the influence of her lovely smile. Glad of this mark of returning intellect. that several times in the day he would count upon his fingers a definite number. his only answer was. he begged of them to delay but for one day. as the year was passing. endeavoured to pacify him. Lord Ruthven had called the morning after the drawing-room. if it were merely that he might listen to her soothing accents. thinking Lord Ruthven was near him but saw no one. what he considered. Morning came. that he gained her affections. and kissed her check. began to converse with his physician upon the melancholy circumstance of Aubrey's being in so awful a situation. and desiring to see his sister. He asked for pen and paper. and astonished them still more by his expressing his intention to be present tit the nuptials. his exultation and pleasure could hardly be concealed from those among whom he had gained this information. whence not even she could rouse him. and. Who could resist his power? His tongue had dangers and toils to recount--could speak of himself as of an individual having no sympathy with any being on the crowded earth. one of his guardians entering his room.
the clergyman and myself took a ramble to the cave called Homer's School. Lord Ruthven had disappeared. Women are frail!" So saying. he pushed him towards his attendants. had broken a blood-vessel. The cottage over the hill. but a very good man. he related composedly what the reader has perused--he died immediately after. On the brow of Mount Ida (a small monticule so named) we met with and engaged a young Greek as our guide. and know. English currency. and other places. the wine-trader. hurried him from the room. and Providence his guide. but I did not choose to quit Mitylene. where I am likely to get married. roused by the old woman. The beauty of this place. six hundred zechines for it. "He engaged me as a pilot. speechless with rage. who told us he had come from Scio with an English lord. We landed. The marriage was solemnized. " http://www. your sister is dishonoured. where to choose his place of rest. on board one of his Majesty's vessels. at the bottom of the bay. who. a Tale 14 one bound was out of the room. and whilst the men were employed in watering. Lord Ruthven was the first to perceive him: lie immediately approached. had come in search of him. belongs to him. This was not mentioned to his sister. " said the Greek. the effusion of blood produced symptoms of the near approach of death. in the year 1812. Aubrey could no longer support himself. and Aubrey's sister had glutted the thirst of a VAMPYRE! _________________________________________________________________ EXTRACT OF A LETTER. (about 250l. his rage not finding vent. as usual. and in a moment found himself in the apartment where all were nearly assembled. and the certain supply of cattle and vegetables always to be had there. Lord Ruthven whispered in his ear--" Remember your oath. if not my bride to day. and he has left an old man in charge of it: he gave Dominick. He was an odd. taking his arm by force. who was not present when he entered. induce many British vessels to visit it---both men of war and merchantmen.org . but when they arrived. &c. and the purser bargaining for cattle with the natives. though not constantly. we put into the harbour of Mitylene.The Vampyre. in the island of that name. facing the river. and though it lies rather out of the track for ships bound to Smyrna. " and would have taken me with him.manyebooks. ______________ "The world was all before him. its bounties amply repay for the deviation of a voyage. where we had been before. Aubrey's weakness increased. _________________________________________________________________ ACCOUNT OF LORD BYRON'S RESIDENCE." IN Sailing through the Grecian Archipelago. and when the midnight hour had struck. for he sails in his felucca very often to the different islands. and the bride and bridegroom left London. CONTAINING AN ACCOUNT OF LORD BYRON'S RESIDENCE IN THE ISLAND OF MITYLENE. who left the island four days previous to our arrival in his felucca. and. as the physician was afraid of agitating her.) and has resided there about fourteen months. and he was conveyed to bed. it was too late. When on the staircase. He desired his sister's guardians might be called. The guardians hastened to protect Miss Aubrey.
a Tale 15 This account excited our curiosity very much. and forgot to place them with the others. filled with books and papers. The old man said: " The lord had been reading these books the evening before he sailed.) were considerably higher than the roof. but no English book of any description. Volney's Ruins of Empires. with a spacious closet annexed. much torn. " there they must lie until his return. nor a single painting. Boileau's. It consisted of four apartments on the ground-floor---an entrance hall. a sitting parlour. and the fluted marble pillars with black plinths and fret-work cornices. who conducted us over the mansion. The Messiah was literally scribbled all over. marble tables on either side. " could tell. "praying" for he was very devout. and an empty book-case: there were no mirrors. through a vista of lofty chesnut and palm-trees. " A line of rich vineyards led the eye to Mount Calcla.org . formerly. and I have the produce of this farm for the trouble of taking care of it. Milton's Paradise Lost. Klopstock's Messiah. for he is so particular. such as " lachryma christi. printed at Parma in 1810. and even danced with them at the nuptial feast. Zimmerman. and talking to himself. except twenty zechines which I pay to an aged Armenian who resides in a small cottage in the wood. surrounded by a light stone balustrade. he would frown upon me for a week together. with two stuffed cotton quilts and a pillow---the common bed throughout Greece. and a small fountain beneath. covered with olive and myrtle trees in bloom. a marble scat with an ornamental wooden back was placed. was covered by a fine Turkey carpet. several small pamphlets from the Greek press at Constantinople. an Italian edition. (as it is now customary in Grecian architecture. horses to others. terminates the view in front. " The view from this seat was what may be termed " a bird's-eye view. " said he. in Italian and Latin. Kotzebue's novels. but on our return to the town we learnt several particulars of the isolated lord. On the left hand as we entered the house. " We had not time to visit the Armenian. He had portioned eight young girls when he was last upon the island. and enjoying the evening breeze. and a little on the left. " The Armenian. on which also were remarks. I seldom enjoyed a view more than I did this. which could be made to play through the branches by moving a spring fixed in the side of a small bronze Venus in a leaning posture. a large couch or sofa completed the furniture. and cotton and silk to the girls who live by weaving these articles. Shakspeare's. written with a pencil. grapes. We were kindly received by an old man. the old man told us. He also bought a new boat http://www. Schiller's play of the Robbers. beneath an awning of strong coarse linen. besides Sundays. and we lost no time in hastening to the house where out countryman had resided. reading. who had gone to Candia. as upon them the Greeks pass their evenings in smoking. and always attended our church twice a week. " I dare not.manyebooks. until it was lost in the woods near the mountain's base. and on the summit of which an ancient Greek temple appeared in majestic decay.The Vampyre. studding the light blue wave with spots of emerald green. " said our conductor. Most of the house-tops are thus furnished. and marked with slips of paper. and a bed-room. and whom the lord brought here from Adrianople. several small islands were distinctly observed. Most of these books were filled with marginal notes. A small stream issuing from the ruins descended in broken cascades. and an horizon unshadowed by a single cloud. " eating fruit. On the tablet of the recess lay Voltaire's. The roof. and Rousseau's works complete. a small streamlet glided away. The bedchamber had merely a large mattress spread on the floor. " said the old man. on which we were told. In the sitting-room we observed a marble recess. which were then in a large seaman's chest in the closet: it was open. He gave a cow to one man. They were all simply decorated: plain green-stained walls. the lord passed many of his evenings and nights till twelve o'clock. his banker. The portico in front was fifty paces long and fourteen broad. drinking light wines. and under the shade of two large myrtle bushes. old friend?" said I---" If I can. " The appearance of the house externally was pleasing."---"And cannot you tell. he is otherways very good. a drawing-room. but our enquiries were fruitless as to the name of the person who had resided in this romantic solitude: none knew his name but Dominick. that were I to move one thing without orders. but we did not think ourselves justified in examining the contents. The sea smooth as glass. I once did him a service. writing. I don't know for what reason. " I suppose. in the German language. but. In the hall stood half a dozen English cane chairs. a large myrtle in the centre. oranges and limes were clustering together on its borders. " said he. but I am sure he will not.
vampy11. and I also visited him at Mitylene. Fleet-street. One circumstance we learnt. All the finer feelings of the heart. Please be encouraged to tell us about any error or corrections. and taught her himself the use of it. from all we collected. I met him in my travels on the island of Tenedos. seem to have their seat in his bosom. a pupil of WYATT'S. or add to its pleasures. Falling in company with Mr. but "Childe Harolde" being put into our hands we recognized the recluse of Calcla in every page. believing it not quite uninteresting. The official release date of all Project Gutenberg eBooks is at Midnight. 16 Such was the information with which we departed from the peaceful isle of Mitylene. A TALE *** This file should be named vampy10. Reports are ever to be received with caution. but to me that day will never return.txt VERSIONS based on separate sources get new LETTER. of the last day of the stated month. all of which are confirmed as Public Domain in the US unless a copyright notice is included. averse to associating with human nature. He had money it was evident: he had philanthropy of disposition. but we consoled ourselves with the idea of returning to Mitylene on some future day. No man can read the preceding pleasing "traits" without feeling proud of him as a countryman. which our old friend at the cottage thought proper not to disclose. Central Time. In short. I make this statement. We are now trying to release all our eBooks one year in advance of the official release dates. our imaginations all on the rack. To do good in secret. Thus.manyebooks.txt or vampy10. I do not assume a right to give an opinion. so elegantly depicted in his lordship's poems. as we had been some years from home.The Vampyre. He has been described as of an unfeeling disposition. or contributing in any way to sooth its sorrows. With respect to his loves or pleasures. He had a most beautiful daughter. and over whose head Benevolence hath thrown her mantle. guessing who this rambler in Greece could be. leaving time for better editing. and all those eccentricities which mark peculiar genius. to have been a very eccentric and benevolent character. Please note neither this listing nor its contents are final til midnight of the last day of the month of any such announcement. even years after the official publication date. FOSTER.org . and shun the world's applause. alone may censure the errors of a fellow-mortal. comment and editing by those who wish to do so. THE END _____________________ Gillet. The fact is directly the reverse. and he often gave Greek Testaments to the poor children. and he who dares justify himself before that awful tribunal where all must appear. sympathy. we usually do not keep eBooks in compliance with any particular paper edition. Tenderness. vampy10a. " The individual. the architect. is the surest testimony of a virtuous heart and self-approving conscience. who had been travelling in Egypt and Greece. which has been grossly slandered. " We had never then heard of his lordship's fame. particularly when directed against man's moral integrity. THE VAMPYRE. and he had bought her a piano-forte.txt Project Gutenberg eBooks are often created from several printed editions. Lord Byron's character is worthy of his genius. as may be plainly gathered from these little anecdotes. is Lord Byron. Crown-court. A preliminary version may often be posted for suggestion. " about whom you are so anxious. with whom the lord was often seen walking on the sea-shore. and charity appear to guide all his actions: and his courting the repose of solitude is an additional reason for marking him as a being on whose heart Religion hath set her seal.zip Corrected EDITIONS of our eBooks get a new NUMBER. Arrived at Palermo. he appeared to us. Printer. *** END OF THE PROJECT GUTENBERG EBOOK. all our doubts were dispelled. and in justice to his lordship's good name. " said he. Deeply did we regret not having been more curious in our researches at the cottage. http://www. a Tale for a fisherman who had lost his own in a gale.
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