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Edgar Huntley; Or, Memoirs Of A Sleep-walker - Chapter 27 Edgar Huntley; Or, Memoirs Of A Sleep-walker - Chapter 27

Edgar Huntley; Or, Memoirs Of A Sleep-walker - Chapter 27
Chapter XXVIII hung over the unhappy wretch, whose emaciated form and rueful features sufficiently bespoke that savage hands had only completed that destruction which his miseries had begun. He was mangled by the tomahawk in a shocking manner, and there was little hope that human skill could save his life. I was sensible of nothing but compassion. I acted without design, when, seating myself on the floor, I raised his head and placed it on my knees. This movement awakened his attention, and, opening his eyes, he fixed them on my countenance. They testified neither insensibility, nor horror, nor distraction. A... Long Stories - Post by : JayBeau - Date : May 2012 - Author : Charles Brockden Brown - Read : 2151

Edgar Huntley; Or, Memoirs Of A Sleep-walker - Chapter 26 Edgar Huntley; Or, Memoirs Of A Sleep-walker - Chapter 26

Edgar Huntley; Or, Memoirs Of A Sleep-walker - Chapter 26
Chapter XXVIHere ended the tale of Sarsefield. Humiliation and joy were mingled in my heart. The events that preceded my awakening in the cave were now luminous and plain. What explication was more obvious? What but this solution ought to have been suggested by the conduct I had witnessed in Clithero? Clithero? Was not this the man whom Clithero had robbed of his friend? Was not this the lover of Mrs. Lorimer, the object of the persecutions of Wiatte? Was it not now given me to investigate the truth of that stupendous tale? To dissipate the doubts which obstinately clung to... Long Stories - Post by : JayBeau - Date : May 2012 - Author : Charles Brockden Brown - Read : 2103

Edgar Huntley; Or, Memoirs Of A Sleep-walker - Chapter 25 Edgar Huntley; Or, Memoirs Of A Sleep-walker - Chapter 25

Edgar Huntley; Or, Memoirs Of A Sleep-walker - Chapter 25
Chapter XXV"It was noonday before we reached the theatre of action. Fear and revenge combined to make the people of Chetasco diligent and zealous in their own defence. The havoc already committed had been mournful. To prevent a repetition of the same calamities, they resolved to hunt out the hostile footsteps and exact a merciless retribution. "It was likely that the enemy, on the approach of day, had withdrawn from the valley and concealed themselves in the thickets between the parallel ridges of the mountain. This space, which, according to the object with which it is compared, is either a vale... Long Stories - Post by : JayBeau - Date : May 2012 - Author : Charles Brockden Brown - Read : 2578

Edgar Huntley; Or, Memoirs Of A Sleep-walker - Chapter 21 Edgar Huntley; Or, Memoirs Of A Sleep-walker - Chapter 21

Edgar Huntley; Or, Memoirs Of A Sleep-walker - Chapter 21
Chapter XXII likewise burned with impatience to know the condition of my family, to dissipate at once their tormenting doubts and my own with regard to our mutual safety. The evil that I feared had befallen them was too enormous to allow me to repose in suspense, and my restlessness and ominous forebodings would be more intolerable than any hardship or toils to which I could possibly be subjected during this journey. I was much refreshed and invigorated by the food that I had taken, and by the rest of an hour. With this stock of recruited force I determined to... Long Stories - Post by : JayBeau - Date : May 2012 - Author : Charles Brockden Brown - Read : 2957

Edgar Huntley; Or, Memoirs Of A Sleep-walker - Chapter 20 Edgar Huntley; Or, Memoirs Of A Sleep-walker - Chapter 20

Edgar Huntley; Or, Memoirs Of A Sleep-walker - Chapter 20
Chapter XXI moved forward with as quick a pace as my feeble limbs would permit. I did not allow myself to meditate. The great object of my wishes was a dwelling where food and repose might be procured. I looked earnestly forward, and on each side, in search of some token of human residence; but the spots of cultivation, the _well-pole_, the _worm fence_, and the hayrick, were nowhere to be seen. I did not even meet with a wild hog or a bewildered cow. The path was narrow, and on either side was a trackless wilderness. On the right and... Long Stories - Post by : JayBeau - Date : May 2012 - Author : Charles Brockden Brown - Read : 3323

Edgar Huntley; Or, Memoirs Of A Sleep-walker - Chapter 19 Edgar Huntley; Or, Memoirs Of A Sleep-walker - Chapter 19

Edgar Huntley; Or, Memoirs Of A Sleep-walker - Chapter 19
Chapter XIXThink not that I relate these things with exultation or tranquillity. All my education and the habits of my life tended to unfit me for a contest and a scene like this. But I was not governed by the soul which usually regulates my conduct. I had imbibed, from the unparalleled events which had lately happened, a spirit vengeful, unrelenting, and ferocious. There was now an interval for flight. Throwing my weapons away, I might gain the thicket in a moment. I had no ammunition, nor would time be afforded me to reload my piece. My antagonist would render my... Long Stories - Post by : JayBeau - Date : May 2012 - Author : Charles Brockden Brown - Read : 1464

Edgar Huntley; Or, Memoirs Of A Sleep-walker - Chapter 18 Edgar Huntley; Or, Memoirs Of A Sleep-walker - Chapter 18

Edgar Huntley; Or, Memoirs Of A Sleep-walker - Chapter 18
Chapter XVIIINever was any delight worthy of comparison with the raptures which I then experienced. Life, that was rapidly ebbing, appeared to return upon me with redoubled violence. My languors, my excruciating heat, vanished in a moment, and I felt prepared to undergo the labours of Hercules. Having fully supplied the demands of nature in this respect, I returned to reflection on the circumstances of my situation. The path winding round the hill was now free from all impediments. What remained but to precipitate my flight? I might speedily place myself beyond all danger. I might gain some hospitable shelter... Long Stories - Post by : JayBeau - Date : May 2012 - Author : Charles Brockden Brown - Read : 1199

Edgar Huntley; Or, Memoirs Of A Sleep-walker - Chapter 17 Edgar Huntley; Or, Memoirs Of A Sleep-walker - Chapter 17

Edgar Huntley; Or, Memoirs Of A Sleep-walker - Chapter 17
Chapter XVIIThus was I delivered from my prison, and restored to the enjoyment of the air and the light. Perhaps the chance was almost miraculous that led me to this opening. In any other direction, I might have involved myself in an inextricable maze and rendered my destruction sure; but what now remained to place me in absolute security? Beyond the fire I could see nothing; but, since the smoke rolled rapidly away, it was plain that on the opposite side the cavern was open to the air. I went forward, but my eyes were fixed upon the fire: presently, in... Long Stories - Post by : JayBeau - Date : May 2012 - Author : Charles Brockden Brown - Read : 961

Edgar Huntley; Or, Memoirs Of A Sleep-walker - Chapter 16 Edgar Huntley; Or, Memoirs Of A Sleep-walker - Chapter 16

Edgar Huntley; Or, Memoirs Of A Sleep-walker - Chapter 16
Chapter XVIHere, my friend, thou must permit me to pause. The following incidents are of a kind to which the most ardent invention has never conceived a parallel. Fortune, in her most wayward mood, could scarcely be suspected of an influence like this. The scene was pregnant with astonishment and horror. I cannot, even now, recall it without reviving the dismay and confusion which I then experienced. Possibly, the period will arrive when I shall look back without agony on the perils I have undergone. That period is still distant. Solitude and sleep are now no more than the signals to... Long Stories - Post by : JayBeau - Date : May 2012 - Author : Charles Brockden Brown - Read : 2577

Edgar Huntley; Or, Memoirs Of A Sleep-walker - Chapter 15 Edgar Huntley; Or, Memoirs Of A Sleep-walker - Chapter 15

Edgar Huntley; Or, Memoirs Of A Sleep-walker - Chapter 15
Chapter XV"I came hither with a heart desponding of success. Adversity had weakened my faith in the promises of the future, and I was prepared to receive just such tidings as you have communicated. Unacquainted with the secret motives of Waldegrave and his sister, it is impossible for me to weigh the probabilities of their rectitude. I have only my own assertion to produce in support of my claim. All other evidence, all vouchers and papers, which might attest my veracity or sanction my claim in a court of law, are buried in the ocean. The bill was transmitted just before... Long Stories - Post by : JayBeau - Date : May 2012 - Author : Charles Brockden Brown - Read : 2736

Edgar Huntley; Or, Memoirs Of A Sleep-walker - Chapter 11 Edgar Huntley; Or, Memoirs Of A Sleep-walker - Chapter 11

Edgar Huntley; Or, Memoirs Of A Sleep-walker - Chapter 11
Chapter XINext morning I stored a small bag with meat and bread, and, throwing an axe on my shoulder, set out, without informing any one of my intentions, for the hill. My passage was rendered more difficult by these encumbrances, but my perseverance surmounted every impediment, and I gained, in a few hours, the foot of the tree whose trunk was to serve me for a bridge. In this journey I saw no traces of the fugitive. A new survey of the tree confirmed my former conclusions, and I began my work with diligence. My strokes were repeated by a thousand... Long Stories - Post by : JayBeau - Date : May 2012 - Author : Charles Brockden Brown - Read : 1482

Edgar Huntley; Or, Memoirs Of A Sleep-walker - Chapter 10 Edgar Huntley; Or, Memoirs Of A Sleep-walker - Chapter 10

Edgar Huntley; Or, Memoirs Of A Sleep-walker - Chapter 10
Chapter XWith these determinations, I proceeded. The entrance was low, and compelled me to resort to hands as well as feet. At a few yards from the mouth the light disappeared, and I found myself immersed in the dunnest obscurity. Had I not been persuaded that another had gone before me, I should have relinquished the attempt. I proceeded with the utmost caution, always ascertaining, by outstretched arms, the height and breadth of the cavity before me. In a short time the dimensions expanded on all sides, and permitted me to resume my feet. I walked upon a smooth and gentle... Long Stories - Post by : JayBeau - Date : May 2012 - Author : Charles Brockden Brown - Read : 2152

Edgar Huntley; Or, Memoirs Of A Sleep-walker - Chapter 9 Edgar Huntley; Or, Memoirs Of A Sleep-walker - Chapter 9

Edgar Huntley; Or, Memoirs Of A Sleep-walker - Chapter 9
Chapter IXThere ended his narrative. He started from the spot where he stood, and, without affording me any opportunity of replying or commenting, disappeared amidst the thickest of the wood. I had no time to exert myself for his detention. I could have used no arguments for this end, to which it is probable he would have listened. The story I had heard was too extraordinary, too completely the reverse of all my expectations, to allow me to attend to the intimations of self-murder which he dropped. The secret which I imagined was about to be disclosed was as inscrutable as... Long Stories - Post by : JayBeau - Date : May 2012 - Author : Charles Brockden Brown - Read : 2602

Edgar Huntley; Or, Memoirs Of A Sleep-walker - Chapter 8 Edgar Huntley; Or, Memoirs Of A Sleep-walker - Chapter 8

Edgar Huntley; Or, Memoirs Of A Sleep-walker - Chapter 8
Chapter VIIITill now my mind had been swayed by the urgencies of this occasion. These reflections were excluded, which rushed tumultuously upon me the moment I was at leisure to receive them. Without foresight of a previous moment, an entire change had been wrought in my condition. I had been oppressed with a sense of the danger that flowed from the existence of this man. By what means the peril could be annihilated, and we be placed in security from his attempts, no efforts of mind could suggest. To devise these means, and employ them with success, demanded, as I conceived,... Long Stories - Post by : JayBeau - Date : May 2012 - Author : Charles Brockden Brown - Read : 2106

Edgar Huntley; Or, Memoirs Of A Sleep-walker - Chapter 7 Edgar Huntley; Or, Memoirs Of A Sleep-walker - Chapter 7

Edgar Huntley; Or, Memoirs Of A Sleep-walker - Chapter 7
Chapter VIIClarice, meanwhile, was absent. Her friend seemed, at the end of a month, to be little less distant from the grave than at first. My impatience would not allow me to wait till her death. I visited her, but was once more obliged to return alone. I arrived late in the city, and, being greatly fatigued, I retired almost immediately to my chamber. On hearing of my arrival, Sarsefield hastened to see me. He came to my bedside, and such, in his opinion, was the importance of the tidings which he had to communicate, that he did not scruple to... Long Stories - Post by : JayBeau - Date : May 2012 - Author : Charles Brockden Brown - Read : 2085

Edgar Huntley; Or, Memoirs Of A Sleep-walker - Chapter 6 Edgar Huntley; Or, Memoirs Of A Sleep-walker - Chapter 6

Edgar Huntley; Or, Memoirs Of A Sleep-walker - Chapter 6
Chapter VIHow propitious, how incredible, was this event! I could scarcely confide in the testimony of my senses. Was it true that Clarice was before me, that she was prepared to countenance my presumption, that she had slighted obstacles which I had deemed insurmountable, that I was fondly beloved by her, and should shortly be admitted to the possession of so inestimable a good? I will not repeat the terms in which I poured forth, at her feet, the raptures of my gratitude. My impetuosity soon extorted from Clarice a confirmation of her mother's declaration. An unrestrained intercourse was thenceforth established... Long Stories - Post by : JayBeau - Date : May 2012 - Author : Charles Brockden Brown - Read : 2272

Edgar Huntley; Or, Memoirs Of A Sleep-walker - Chapter 5 Edgar Huntley; Or, Memoirs Of A Sleep-walker - Chapter 5

Edgar Huntley; Or, Memoirs Of A Sleep-walker - Chapter 5
Chapter VMrs. Lorimer had a twin-brother. Nature had impressed the same image upon them, and had modelled them after the same pattern. The resemblance between them was exact to a degree almost incredible. In infancy and childhood they were perpetually liable to be mistaken for each other. As they grew up, nothing, to a superficial examination, appeared to distinguish them, but the sexual characteristics. A sagacious observer would, doubtless, have noted the most essential differences. In all those modifications of the features which are produced by habits and sentiments, no two persons were less alike. Nature seemed to have intended them... Long Stories - Post by : JayBeau - Date : May 2012 - Author : Charles Brockden Brown - Read : 1407

Edgar Huntley; Or, Memoirs Of A Sleep-walker - Chapter 1 Edgar Huntley; Or, Memoirs Of A Sleep-walker - Chapter 1

Edgar Huntley; Or, Memoirs Of A Sleep-walker - Chapter 1
Chapter II sit down, my friend, to comply with thy request. At length does the impetuosity of my fears, the transports of my wonder, permit me to recollect my promise and perform it. At length am I somewhat delivered from suspense and from tremors. At length the drama is brought to an imperfect close, and the series of events that absorbed my faculties, that hurried away my attention, has terminated in repose. Till now, to hold a steadfast pen was impossible; to disengage my senses from the scene that was passing or approaching; to forbear to grasp at futurity; to suffer... Long Stories - Post by : JayBeau - Date : May 2012 - Author : Charles Brockden Brown - Read : 1272

Edgar Huntley; Or, Memoirs Of A Sleep-walker - Preface Edgar Huntley; Or, Memoirs Of A Sleep-walker - Preface

Edgar Huntley; Or, Memoirs Of A Sleep-walker - Preface
To the Public:The flattering reception that has been given, by the public, to Arthur Mervyn, has prompted the writer to solicit a continuance of the same favour, and to offer to the world a new performance. America has opened new views to the naturalist and politician, but has seldom furnished themes to the moral painter. That new springs of action and new motives to curiosity should operate,--that the field of investigation, opened to us by our own country, should differ essentially from those which exist in Europe,--may be readily conceived. The sources of amusement to the fancy and instruction to the... Long Stories - Post by : JayBeau - Date : May 2012 - Author : Charles Brockden Brown - Read : 1963

Arthur Mervyn; Or, Memoirs Of The Year 1793 - Volume 2 - Chapter 48 Arthur Mervyn; Or, Memoirs Of The Year 1793 - Volume 2 - Chapter 48

Arthur Mervyn; Or, Memoirs Of The Year 1793 - Volume 2 - Chapter 48
VOLUME II CHAPTER XLVIIII went to my chamber, but what different sensations did I carry into it from those with which I had left it a few hours before! I stretched myself on the mattress and put out the light; but the swarm of new images that rushed on my mind set me again instantly in motion. All was rapid, vague, and undefined, wearying and distracting my attention. I was roused as by a divine voice, that said, "Sleep no more! Mervyn shall sleep no more." What chiefly occupied me was a nameless sort of terror. What shall I compare it... Long Stories - Post by : JayBeau - Date : May 2012 - Author : Charles Brockden Brown - Read : 1619