My impatience to hear what Mrs. Dormer had to say to me, made me immediately propose returning to the house; where we were no Sooner entered, than I took her to my chamber. The friendship which subsisted between us, made it not surprising that we should desire to be alone, after so long an absence. "I cannot persuade myself, said Mrs. Dormer, that any thing but a firm belief of Mr. Dumont's infidelity could make you think yourself at liberty to marry any man but himself And yet, my dear miss, in spite of appearances, this has not been the case: your Dumont has ever been faithful to you; and 'tis owing to a train of unlucky circumstances, as well as the basest artifice, that You have been thus long deceived."
Mrs. Dormer stops here, observing I was greatly affected with so unexpected a discovery. "Proceed, madam, said I: I will listen very composedly to your relation. Do not apprehend any weaknesses from me: I have been the sport of fortune ever since I was born, and ought not to be surprised at any of her changes." "I will tell my story in order, said Mrs. Dormer; and must therefore begin with my surprise at seeing my chaise return to Richmond, the same evening, without you. But when the man informed me of the occasion, and that you was gone to meet your mother and sister, I was excessively pleased with the news; imagining, with reason, their presence would greatly alleviate your affliction. The next morning, when I was in expectation either of seeing or hearing from you, word was brought me that Mr. Dumont was come. I hastily ordered his admittance, not without an extreme surprise at what might be the occasion of his visit, which was increased by observing him in deep mourning. "This is an ill-omened dress for a happy bridegroom, madam, said he; but thoughgratitude obliges me to wear it for a little time, yet my heart can be only sensible to the greatest excess of joy. But where is my lovely angel? Pardon me, madam: my impatience to see her, makes me neglect the exact rules of ceremony; and I must beg you to let her know I am here." 'Tis hardly possible to conceive the resentment with which I was filled, at a speech so extremely insulting, as I thought it: to own, at the same time that he asked for you, that he was a happy bridegroom, seemed such an excess of insolence, that, for some moments, I was not able to reply. "For heaven's sake, madam, resumed he, tell me if any accident has happened to my dearest Harriot! Why do I not see her? What does this alarming silence mean?" The distraction which appeared in his looks and accent, spite of myself, disarmed part of my anger. "Sure, sir, replied I, you do not mean to triumph in the uneasiness your infidelity has given that young lady, that you desire to see her. But whatever are your motives for such an inconsistent behavior, it is not here that you can find Miss Harriot, since she is not at present in my house." "Good God, madam! interrupted your lover, what infidelity is this you accuse me of! What crime have I committed? I thought I explained, in my letter to my angel, the reasons that would hinder me from coming at the day appointed. Can she be so unjust as to believe any thing to the prejudice of my love for her? Tell me, madam, I beg you, where she is, that I may fly to her immediately! I cannot bear the thought of her accusing me with neglect!" These words, pursued Mrs. Dormer, convinced me we both labored under some strange mistake. I desired him to sit down, and hear me patiently; and then related to him our surprise at his not coming according to his promise; the message you had sent to his uncle's, and the account his servant had given of his marriage with his cousin. I had no time to add any thing concerning the affliction this news had given you: he interrupted me with a furious exclamation) and striking his breast with a vehement action, "Oh, my adored Harriot, cried he, (lifting up his eyes) what a wretch am I, this moment, in thy opinion! But, madam, pursued he, will you not tell me where she is, that I may haste and undeceive her?" I then told him, that my servant had informed me you was gone to meet your mother and sister, who were just arrived from N---- that you had met the messenger at my lodgings, and was gone to the inn, where they expected you. I pressed him, therefore, to compose himself, and stay some time at my house, being assured I should very soon either see or hear from you. I also added, that I should not be able to acquit him in my own thoughts, till I knew what affairs had detained him beyond the time he proposed to be with us; and how the report of his marriage had been spread among the servants in his uncle's house. 'Twas with some difficulty, that I could prevail upon him to stay, he was so eager to go and justify himself to you. But when I represented the improbability of his being able to find you, as you was now with your mother; and the certainty of his missing you, in case you came to Richmond, which I imagined, with reason, that you would; he consented to stay some time, in expectation of your coming.
I was still, pursued Mrs. Dormer, impatient to have him unfold the mystery of his stay; but, for a long time, all I could get from him was sighs and complaints. "I know not, madam, said he to me, (with a most melancholy air) whether I ought to suffer myself to be depress with the sad presages I have, that this cruel mistake my Harriot labors under, will deprive me of her for ever. My soul is distracted with a thousand different apprehensions!" "I cannot give you any comfort, answered I, till I am certain of your innocence. For aught I know, you may be really married, notwithstanding all this grimace." This raillery, pursued my friend, forced a smile from your afflicted lover.
"I suppose, madam, said he, my lovely Harriot told you, that I had left my cousin extremely indisposed with my uncle's unexpected appearance, and his menaces against me. When I returned, I found her in a high fever: the physicians were sent for, who pronounced her in great danger; she being so extremely weak before she was seized with this illness, that they thought it impossible for her to struggle with the violence of the distemper. My concern at this accident was considerably heightened, when I considered how great a share I had in causing her indisposition: my thoughts were so perplexed, that I was incapable of considering of measures to prevent my uncle from executing his threats of ruining me, which I knew was in his power. My cousin in the mean time grew worse; her life was despaired of, and she was given over by the doctors. The evening before I proposed to set out for Richmond, as it would have been highly indecent for me to leave the house while she continued alive, I wrote to Miss Harriot, to acquaint her with the reasons of my not coming the day I proposed. As I did not care to trust my own servant to carry this letter, I ordered a porter to be called, and directed him to leave the letter at your lodgings, madam, in town, knowing it would be immediately sent to you; for I would not direct it to Richmond myself, lest if any accident happened, such as the messenger being watched, or asked any questions, the place where my Harriot was might not be known; for I dreaded the extravagant sallies of my uncle's temper. I had just dispatched this messenger, when my cousin's woman came to call me to her lady. When I came into the room, she desired me to sit down by her bed-side, those who attended her retiring to a little distance. "Cousin, said she, I am sensible I have but a few hours to live, and this short period will be disturbed by the thoughts of what uneasiness our fatal contract will produce you: my uncle, I know, will be very severe, and render you unhappy if he can. Are you yet married?" Here she paused, while my affliction, at observing the difficulty with which she pronounced these few words, that seemed to exhaust the little strength she had left, kept me for some moments silent; at last I answered in the negative. "Then, resumed she, our engagement is not yet broke. If you will condescend to defer your marriage, and conceal your intentions, till I am no more, I shall be justified in leaving you, as my designed husband, the best part of my fortune. Do you promise me, Mr. Dumont, to marry no one while I am alive?" "Yes, dearest cousin," said I, stooping, and pressing my lips to her hand, while my eyes flowed with involuntary tears. "'Tis enough, interrupted she, faintly; my honor is satisfied. Retire now, and let me employ my few remaining moments as I ought." I left this generous lady, pursued your lover, with my heart penetrated with the most lively sentiments of sorrow, gratitude, and admiration. I passed that night in her anti-chamber; but saw her no more. She was seized with convulsions, and died about eleven o'clock the next morning. Her will was opened in the presence of her relations, in which she had declared the promise I made her, to keep our contract, while she lived, inviolable; and, as her designed husband, she had bequeathed me thirty thousand pounds: and the remainder of her fortune was to be disposed of to charitable uses, except some few legacies for rings to her relations, who were all too rich to need any thing she had left from them. This disposition of her fortune was resented by none of her relations, but her uncle, who alone doubted of my intentions to fulfill our engagements. He contented himself, however, with only giving me some furious looks. The death of my cousin, upon the very day I proposed being with you at Richmond, obliged me, through decency, to deny myself the happiness of seeing my Harriot; and, as I never doubted but she had received my letter, I thought she would easily imagine the cause of my not coming. The thoughts of being able now to place her in the situation she merited, filled me with a transport, which the tender remembrance of my departed cousin could scarce moderate.
My uncle, I was informed, kept his chamber, and had left to some of his friends the care of my cousin's funeral, which I resolved should be very magnificent, and gave orders for her lying in state. But I could not suppress, any longer, my eager desire to see my dearest Harriot: and giving directions to my servant, this morning, to tell any one, who inquired for me, that I would not be seen, I stole out by a back-door; and mounting my horse, which my man had ready for me at a little distance, I hastened here, in order to have a moment's sight of my angel, and inform her of what had passed; not doubting but I should be back, e're it was suspected I had been abroad. But this disappointment of not meeting her and the knowledge of the fatal deception she is in, so distracts me, that I can no longer behave with any decorum. Thoughmy cousin is unburied, I cannot return till I have seen her!" This, pursued Mrs. Dormer, was what your lover said to me, and easily accounted for l he words he had uttered when he came in, which had increased my indignation. Had you not been so precipitate, my dear, how many miseries would you have spared yourself?"
"Ah, madam, interrupted I, who would have thought it possible my Dumont was innocent! What injustice have I been guilty of! continued I , (melting into tears.) I have not only endeavored to drive him from my heart, but I have even engaged to marry his rival! Alas, dear Mrs. Dormer, how shall I draw myself out of this cruel perplexity? My faith l engaged to both! My whole soul devoted to one! Can I give myself to my l ear Dumont, without fearing the fatal consequences of Mr. Campbel's l resentment?? My relations too will interpose in his favor, and strengthen l is claim. Ah, madam, had you been pleased to explain yourself, when l you wrote to me at the convent, I had now been happy!" "'Tis true, l my dear, replied Mrs. Dormer; but I did not think it quite safe to trust l such an important discovery to a letter, which I believed you would be l obliged to show the prioress; and which, notwithstanding her promises, l might have been the means of protracting your release. Besides, I proposed being with you soon; and was willing to have the pleasure of unfolding the mystery myself." "But, madam, answered I, you have not yet told me how the report of Mr. Dumont's marriage came to be believed among the servants." "It was all a contrivance of Mr. Darcy replied my friend: he was bent upon parting you. He had corrupted his nephew's servant, who informed him of the letter he had seen his master deliver to a porter; who, for a bribe, was prevailed upon to betray his trust. By this letter Mr. Darcy discovered where you lodged; and it was he who ordered Mr. Dumont's servant to tell your messenger his master was married, which he expected would produce some mistakes between you, that might forward his designs. Mr. Dumont's servant, struck with remorse at the agonies he saw his master in, at the news I sent him, that you could not be found, confessed what he knew of the affair; and assured your lover, that Mr. Darcy was not gone to his country-house, as he had given out; but that he feared the young lady was in his power, the questions he had asked him concerning the condition of her family at N----, making it probable that he had some design to ensnare her. I will not, continued Mrs. Dormer, pretend to describe the distraction Mr. Dumont was in, when, comparing circumstances, we found that he was certainly the person who had carried you away. All that prudence, impelled by the most tender passion, could suggest, your lover did, to discover where his uncle had carried you; for his not being at his country house, put it past a doubt that you was in his power.
Upon Mr. Darcy's return, he refused to see your lover, or have any conversation with him; nor was it to be supposed, that all Mr. Dumont's remonstrances could prevail upon him to tell where you was. The continual anxiety which preyed upon his spirits, threw him into a fever, which threatened his life. While he lay in this dangerous condition, I received your letter; but the physicians being absolutely against my acquainting him with any thing that might surprise him, I contented myself with writing to you; resolving to attend your lover's recovery, that we might set out together to free you. Though I used all imaginable caution in letting him know where you was, yet the excessive joy threw him into a delirium, which had like to have caused his death, and kept him near three weeks longer in bed. His impatience at being prevented from going to you, contributed to retard his recovery. And thoughhe was still too weak to venture, with safety, out of his chamber; yet he resolved to defer no longer his journey to Paris. I was prevented from going with him by a little vexatious law suit, that made my presence necessary some time longer in London; but I promised to meet you both at Paris, Mr. Dumont having determined to spend some time there, to give you the diversions of the place. Accordingly, as soon as I had dispatched this affair, I set out for Paris, and was met at ---- Mr. Dumont; who filled me with inconceivable surprise and affliction, by the relation he gave me of your leaving the convent with the count de R----. I saw him too much affected with this accident, to increase his distraction by my own reflections, which, I must confess, were greatly to your disadvantage. I endeavored to persuade him, there might be some mistake in all this; that the prioress had possibly imposed upon him; and that, to be better convinced of the truth of what she had affirmed, it would be necessary to see the marchioness de ----, who might possibly know more of the affair. As soon, therefore, as I came to Paris, and was a little recovered from the fatigues of my journey, I sent to the marchioness to acquaint her with my intention of waiting on her; but her lady ship was not in town. They sent word, however, that she was expected the next day; and I resolved to defer going to the convent, till I had seen her. Mr. Dumont, who was wholly employed in endeavoring to discover where you was, came to me, just as I returned from paying a visit to the marchioness, who knew no more of your leaving the convent than what the prioress had told her, having not yet seen the count de R----; and told me, with the most violent transports of rage and grief, that he had seen you come out of a coach, and enter a house in the street ----; that, inquiring who lived in that house, he was informed it was a lady that was mistress to a certain French nobleman, whom they would not name. Upon which he immediately went to the house; but being absolutely refused admittance to you, and finding you was resolved not to own who you was, he inquired if it was not the count de R---- who visited there, and was answered in the affirmative."
"Oh heavens! cried I, (interrupting Mrs. Dormer) was it then Dumont from whom I was so solicitous to conceal myself! Alas, I thought it was the earl of L----! Was there ever so cruel an accident!" "Can you wonder, my dear, pursued Mrs. Dormer, if I was now convinced of what at first I could only suspect; notwithstanding the many circumstances which appeared to condemn you. I thought of you now with the deepest indignation, and counseled your enraged lover to drive you from his remembrance. I drew but an ill omen from his silence, which had a gloomy thoughtfulness in it, that made me imagine he meditated some designs of revenge against the count de R----. I would have been glad to have consulted the marchioness upon this occasion; and, as she knew the count, prevail upon her to question him concerning the part he had acted. But that lady, who had only staid in Paris a few hours, was again gone to her house at Versailles, and I was wholly at a loss what to do. Mr. Dumont went away in an agony of grief, which all his endeavors could not conceal. In the evening I had a letter from him, in which he informed me that he had left Paris, and entreated my pardon for not seeing me before he went, urging his extreme uneasiness as the cause, which he would not increase by a melancholy farewell. I was greatly surprised at this sudden resolution, continued my friend: but I deter mined, if possible, to see you before I left France, and sent a message to the house Mr. Dumont had mentioned, to be delivered to you; but my servant brought me word, there was no such person, as the lady he inquired for, there. I saw it was in vain to expect you would discover yourself, and was preparing to return to England, when I found myself seized with an indisposition; for which the physicians recommended the air of Montpelier. I set out for that place, where I staid some months before my recovery was perfected. But even then I could not resolve to leave France, till I made another effort to see you; for it was not yet in my power to forget you. I returned, therefore, to Paris; and, with a view of seeing the count de R----, paid a visit to the marchioness, who told me, with a very sensible pleasure, the whole stratagem of the count to get you out of the convent; your generous refusal of his offers, and your escape from him, by the assistance of a lady, who pretended a claim: and the count had related this to the marchioness himself, in order to do justice to your character, of which he is still a passionate admirer. You may imagine, my dear, pursued Mrs. Dormer, how agreeable this discovery was to me! Madam Danville's woman having told where you had lodged, I learned the name of the lady with whom you came to England. Upon my return, I inquired of my servants if they had seen you, and was told that you had called at my house, and had also got a direction where to write to me; but I never received any letter. My servants knowing where Mrs. Belville lodged, to whom, it seems, you had desired they would send notice when I arrived; I sent to desire that young lady would see me, and from her I learned your intended marriage; to which, as I believed nothing but a firm belief of your Dumont's infidelity could persuade you to consent, I hastened to you immediately, to prevent an action, which the knowledge of his innocence would make you for ever repent."
During Mrs. Dormer's discourse, I listened with an anxious impatience for a further account of Dumont; but finding she left off speaking, "Ah, madam, said I, (trembling) have you no more to say? What is become of Dumont? Does he still continue to think me the count de R----'s mistress? But, alas, you told me he left Paris in despair! Ah, without doubt, I shall never see him more!" "Why should you wish to see him! interrupted Mrs. Dormer. You are not yet resolved whether you ought to keep to your first engagement. Do you think Mr. Dumont would find much greater happiness in seeing you the wife of Mr. Campbel, than suspecting you to be the mistress of the count de R----?" "Do not imagine, interrupted I, that I am capable of so perfidious an action! No, since I am so unfortunately circumstanced, that I cannot fulfill my engagements to Dumont, without the deepest reproaches from Mr. Campbel, who may pretend an equal claim to my hand, I will be the wife of neither; and, like you, madam, disclaim marriage for ever." "Ah, returned Mrs. Dormer, (smiling) you will not be able to keep this resolution when you see Dumont, and know what he has suffered for you. To keep you no longer in suspense, pursued she, your lover is in London He knows not yet of your intended marriage: I leave it to him to acquaint you with his adventure in France, when he sees you. In the mean time, my dear, let me advise you to acquaint Mr. Campbel with the truth of this affair: he has too much honor to expect you will break a prior engagement, to be his. It shall be my care to prevent Mr. Dumont from coming to the knowledge of any thing that has happened; but I must insist upon hearing from you to-morrow. 'Twill be impossible, any longer, to keep your lover from seeing you."
The confusion and perplexity of my mind, divided between joy and grief, fear and anxiety, made it impossible for me to thank, as I ought to do, the generous Mrs. Dormer, for the interest she took in my affairs: that lady, at length, took her leave of me with a tender embrace; and having staid, some little time, with my mother and sister, returned home. My mother observing that I was more than ordinary melancholy, asked me the cause; as I had concealed from her every thing relating to Dumont, I evaded giving her an answer; but, retiring with my sister, related to her all that Mrs. Dormer had told me; my sister, who was extremely sprightly, and so little capable of laying things to heart, that she was often accused of insensibility, rallied me in a lively manner upon the affliction I discovered at the news of my lover's fidelity. "Though I should have been glad, said she, to have seen you married to Mr. Campbell, while I believed Mr. Dumont had betrayed you; yet, now I hear he is innocent, I shall be much better pleased to see you the wife of Dumont; I know you love him, and I am persuaded he deserves you; therefore, I advise you to follow your inclinations, and never fear that Mr. Campbell will have recourse to either a sword or pistol to dispatch himself for your loss."
Mr. Campbell, that moment entering the room, heard my sister pronounce these words, which the gaiety of her accent might, probably, have hindered his suspecting, had he not cast his eyes on my face, at the same time, and read in my eyes a trouble and confusion, which was very uncommon: he paused for a moment, while a languid paleness overspread his face; when fixing a melancholy look upon me: "Is it not true, miss, said he, that I am the most wretched of men, and that Mrs. Dormer's arrival has confirmed me so?" "I know not, Sir, replied I, melting into tears, how to acquaint you with the news Mrs. Dormer has brought me, since your unmerited tenderness for me, will make it a Source of affliction to you, which I have it not in my power to alleviate: tis certain, that I am no longer at liberty to give you my hand, since by a discovery of Mr. Dumont's innocence, my first engagement continues in force." I then related, succinctly, by what unfortunate circumstances I had been led to believe, that Mr. Dumont had betrayed me and concluded with an assurance, that though this discovery had restored him all my affection; yet, I would take no resolution in his favor, to which he would not consent. Is it possible, miss said Mr. Campbell, that I hear you tell me of the innocence of a lover tenderly beloved, and yet see you dissolved in tears; and do you also resolve to sacrifice this mutual passion to my repose? this unexampled generosity teaches me what to do; you shall find, miss, that I prize your happiness infinitely beyond my own; I resign you from this moment to the deserving Dumont; and, that your tranquillity may not be disturbed by the knowledge of my unhappiness, I will remove myself from your sight, till I am able to behold you with more constancy." With these words he kissed my hand respectfully, and hastened out of the room. I was so deeply affected with the behavior of this generous man, that I burst into a violent transport of tears, when he left me; and Fanny, insensible as she was thought, confessed she was greatly moved. My mother having met Mr. Campbell in the disorder in which he left us, came into the chamber in a great hurry, to know the cause; and seeing me incapable to speak, commanded my sister to unfold the mystery which so perplex" her. My sister accordingly took the story from the beginning, and acquainted my mother with the whole history of Dumont's passion. My mother, who was greatly struck with the circumstance of his having changed his religion for my sake, as she said; and being satisfied by my sister of the large fortune he was in possession of, seemed truly convinced of his superior claim to Campbell. Upon which my sister told her of the whimsical resolution I had taken to marry neither of my lovers. "How, said my mother, in a passion, will the foolish girl, because she has the choice of two very advantageous matches, accept of neither." "It seldom happens, interrupted my sister smiling, that a parent's authority is necessary to oblige a young lady to marry the man she loves; but Harriot is an extraordinary girl, and every thing that concerns her must be out of the common way; so, mamma, I hope you will compel her to marry Dumont, whom she loves so much." My sister's gaiety had not the power to divert me from the concern I felt for Campbell. I entreated her to send some one to his lodgings, to know if he was still in Hampstead: and, in the mean time, listened to a long discourse of my mother's, upon the merits of my two lovers) and must confess, I was not a little pleased to hear her decide in favor of Dumont, who had won her heart entirely by his conversion to the Protestant religion.
My sister, at her return, having told us that Mr. Campbel had certainly left Hampstead, increased my uneasiness upon his account: when, late in the evening, my brother-in-law was informed, that Mr. Campbel had been attacked by foot pads in the road to London, and was brought home by a gentleman, who had rescued him, dangerously wounded.
This terrible news filled me with the deepest affliction: I went with my mother and sister immediately to visit him. The surgeon, who had dressed his wound, informed us, that it was not mortal; which considerably lessened our fears. But what was my surprise, when, upon entering his chamber, I saw a gentleman standing by his bed-side; the first glimpse of whom convinced me it was Dumont. I stood for a moment motionless, when my sister, observing the change of my countenance, and being now sensible of the cause, hurried me into another room, which I no sooner entered than I fainted away. Upon my recovery I saw Dumont at my side, who held one of my hands, which he bathed with his tears. Our transports, at this meeting, may be better imagined than described; nor could even the presence of my mother put any restraint on them. My curiosity, at length, to hear what had happened to him, made me put an end to the rapturous expressions of his joy, that he might satisfy this desire.
"Mrs. Dormer told me, said I, (smiling) you suffered some great miseries upon my account. If they were caused by any thing else than absence, I insist upon your relating them." "'Tis certain, my lovely angel, said Dumont, (in the same tone) that I endured a painful confinement in the Bastille for some months, which yet was a less misfortune than the belief at you loved the count. And Mrs. Dormer, I suppose, informed you I wrote her word I would leave Paris, which was not really my mention. I was determined to be revenged on the count de R----, for robbing me of your affections; and, for that purpose, I concealed myself here, in order to have an opportunity of meeting him. Being informed hat he had a house at St. Dennis, I went there, and wrote him a challenge from the house where I had lodged; which I was so indiscreet to send by a porter the people provided me with. My design being suspected, my letter was examined: and the laws against dueling being very severe in France, I was seized by half a dozen archers, while I as composedly waiting an answer from the count, and hurried to the Bastille. I will not afflict you with a recital of what I suffered here, from he despair and rage with which I was agitated. I was released when I east expected it; and this welcome news was brought me, together with message from Mrs. Dormer. The moment I was at liberty, I flew to l he place where she expected me. I found the count de R---- with her, l by whose interposition, and that of the marchioness de ----, my liberty l as obtained. The count asked my pardon for the violence he had offered you; related the whole contrivance of your escape, and congratulated me on the prospect I had of having you restored to me. I attended Mrs. Dormer to England; and, while I was employed in seeking out Mrs. Belville, I heard that Mrs. Dormer was set out for Hampstead. Surprised that she had left me no orders to follow her, (for I concluded she had heard you was here) I followed her, late as it was in the evening; and came up with that gentleman in the next chamber, while he was struggling with two villains, one of whom had already wounded him. I had the good fortune to rescue him, and, by that, have been blest with the sight of my adored Harriot, where I so little expected that happiness.
Thus did the dear Dumont end his little relation. My brother-in-law insisting upon his staying that night at his house, we all returned home together; where my mother confirmed the mutual engagement between me and Dumont, by the sanction of her consent, which she gave him with the most obliging expressions of esteem.
Mr. Campbel being acquainted, by those about him, with the name of his deliverer, sent for him the next day; and, after returning him thanks, in the most grateful manner, for the assistance he had afforded him, promised him, in case he lived, to preserve an inviolable friendship for him. He then desired to see me, and entreated me no longer to defer my marriage with Dumont; assuring me, that the certainty of my happiness would contribute more than any thing to his cure.
Not all his remonstrances, however, could prevail upon me to consent to give my hand to Dumont, till his health was perfectly restored; and I had the pleasure to see him assist at that sacred ceremony, which united me for ever to my beloved Dumont, with a serenity in his countenance, which persuaded me his heart was entirely at ease.