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From this eventful night, young Crotchet was seen no more on English mould.
Whither he had vanished was a question that could no more be answered in his
case than in that of King Arthur after the battle of Camlan. The great firm of
Catchflat and Company figured in the Gazette, and paid sixpence in the pound;
and it was clear that he had shrunk from exhibiting himself on the scene of his
former greatness, shorn of the beams of his paper prosperity. Some supposed
him to be sleeping among the undiscoverable secrets of some barbel-pool in the
Thames; but those who knew him best were more inclined to the opinion that he
had gone across the Atlantic, with his pockets full of surplus capital, to join his old
acquaintance, Mr. Touchandgo, in the bank of Dotandcarryonetown.
Lady Clarinda was more sorry for her father's disappointment than her own; but
she had too much pride to allow herself to be put up a second time in the money-
market; and when the Captain renewed his assiduities, her old partiality for him,
combining with a sense of gratitude for a degree of constancy which she knew
she scarcely deserved, induced her, with Lord Foolincourt's hard-wrung consent,
to share with him a more humble, but less precarious fortune, than that to which
she had been destined as the price of a rotten borough.
{1} A mountain-wandering maid, Twin-nourished with the solitary wood.