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Chapter I.3
----These are the Villains
Whom all the Travellers do fear so much.
--------Some of them are Gentlemen
Such as the fury of ungoverned Youth
Thrust from the company of awful Men.
Two Gentlemen of Verona.
The Marquis and Lorenzo proceeded to the Hotel in silence. The Former employed
himself in calling every circumstance to his mind, which related might give Lorenzo's the
most favourable idea of his connexion with Agnes. The Latter, justly alarmed for the
honour of his family, felt embarrassed by the presence of the Marquis: The adventure
which He had just witnessed forbad his treating him as a Friend; and Antonia's interests
being entrusted to his mediation, He saw the impolicy of treating him as a Foe. He
concluded from these reflections, that profound silence would be the wisest plan, and
waited with impatience for Don Raymond's explanation.
They arrived at the Hotel de las Cisternas. The Marquis immediately conducted him to
his apartment, and began to express his satisfaction at finding him at Madrid. Lorenzo
interrupted him.
'Excuse me, my Lord,' said He with a distant air, 'if I reply somewhat coldly to your
expressions of regard. A Sister's honour is involved in this affair: Till that is established,
and the purport of your correspondence with Agnes cleared up, I cannot consider you as
my Friend. I am anxious to hear the meaning of your conduct, and hope that you will not
delay the promised explanation.'
'First give me your word, that you will listen with patience and indulgence.'
'I love my Sister too well to judge her harshly; and till this moment I possessed no Friend
so dear to me as yourself. I will also confess, that your having it in your power to oblige
me in a business which I have much at heart, makes me very anxious to find you still
deserving my esteem.'
'Lorenzo, you transport me! No greater pleasure can be given me, than an opportunity of
serving the Brother of Agnes.'
'Convince me that I can accept your favours without dishonour, and there is no Man in
the world to whom I am more willing to be obliged.'
'Probably, you have already heard your Sister mention the name of Alphonso