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Amelia

III.10.
Containing A Letter Of A Very Curious Kind
"The major's wound," continued Booth, "was really as slight as he believed it; so
that in a very few days he was perfectly well; nor was Bagillard, though run
through the body, long apprehending to be in any danger of his life. The major
then took me aside, and, wishing me heartily joy of Bagillard's recovery, told me I
should now, by the gift (as it were) of Heaven, have an opportunity of doing
myself justice. I answered I could not think of any such thing; for that when I
imagined he was on his death-bed I had heartily and sincerely forgiven him. 'Very
right,' replied the major, 'and consistent with your honour, when he was on his
death-bed; but that forgiveness was only conditional, and is revoked by his
recovery.' I told him I could not possibly revoke it; for that my anger was really
gone.--'What hath anger,' cried he, 'to do with the matter? the dignity of my
nature hath been always my reason for drawing my sword; and when that is
concerned I can as readily fight with the man I love as with the man I hate.'--I will
not tire you with the repetition of the whole argument, in which the major did not
prevail; and I really believe I sunk a little in his esteem upon that account, till
Captain James, who arrived soon after, again perfectly reinstated me in his
favour.
"When the captain was come there remained no cause of our longer stay at
Montpelier; for, as to my wife, she was in a better state of health than I had ever
known her; and Miss Bath had not only recovered her health but her bloom, and
from a pale skeleton was become a plump, handsome young woman. James
was again my cashier; for, far from receiving any remittance, it was now a long
time since I had received any letter from England, though both myself and my
dear Amelia had written several, both to my mother and sister; and now, at our
departure from Montpelier, I bethought myself of writing to my good friend the
doctor, acquainting him with our journey to Paris, whither I desired he would
direct his answer.
"At Paris we all arrived without encountering any adventure on the road worth
relating; nor did anything of consequence happen here during the first fortnight;
for, as you know neither Captain James nor Miss Bath, it is scarce worth telling
you that an affection, which afterwards ended in a marriage, began now to
appear between them, in which it may appear odd to you that I made the first
discovery of the lady's flame, and my wife of the captain's.
"The seventeenth day after our arrival at Paris I received a letter from the doctor,
which I have in my pocket-book; and, if you please, I will read it you; for I would
not willingly do any injury to his words."
 
 
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