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This eBook from the Gutenberg Project consists of approximately 282 pages of information about The 30,000 Dollar Bequest and Other Stories.

F. Malos not dead, and here is my ring!  Oh, Amelia! falsely murdered!  Oh, bloody deed!  Oh, wretch that I am!  Oh, angels forgive me!  Oh, God, withhold thy vengeance!  Oh, Amelia! if Heaven would make a thousand worlds like this, set with diamonds, and all of one perfect chrysolite, I would not have done this for them all, I would not have frowned and cursed as I did.  Oh, she was heavenly true, nursed in the very lap of bright angels!  Cursed slave that I am!  Jealousy, oh! thou infernal demon!  Lost, lost to every sense of honor!  Oh!  Amelia —­heaven-born Amelia—­dead, dead!  Oh! oh! oh!—­then let me die with thee.  Farewell! farewell! ye world that deceived me! (Stabs himself.)

Soon after the excitement of this tragical scene was over, and the enlisted feeling for Amelia had grown more buoyant with Elfonzo and Ambulinia, he determined to visit his retired home, and make the necessary improvements to enjoy a better day; consequently he conveyed the following lines to Ambulinia: 

Go tell the world that hope is glowing,

Go bid the rocks their silence break,

Go tell the stars that love is glowing,

Then bid the hero his lover take.

In the region where scarcely the foot of man hath ever trod, where the woodman hath not found his way, lies a blooming grove, seen only by the sun when he mounts his lofty throne, visited only by the light of the stars, to whom are entrusted the guardianship of earth, before the sun sinks to rest in his rosy bed.  High cliffs of rocks surround the romantic place, and in the small cavity of the rocky wall grows the daffodil clear and pure; and as the wind blows along the enchanting little mountain which surrounds the lonely spot, it nourishes the flowers with the dew-drops of heaven.  Here is the seat of Elfonzo; darkness claims but little victory over this dominion, and in vain does she spread out her gloomy wings.  Here the waters flow perpetually, and the trees lash their tops together to bid the welcome visitor a happy muse.  Elfonzo, during his short stay in the country, had fully persuaded himself that it was his duty to bring this solemn matter to an issue.  A duty that he individually owed, as a gentleman, to the parents of Ambulinia, a duty in itself involving not only his own happiness and his own standing in society, but one that called aloud the act of the parties to make it perfect and complete.  How he should communicate his intentions to get a favorable reply, he was at a loss to know; he knew not whether to address Esq.  Valeer in prose or in poetry, in a jocular or an argumentative manner, or whether he should use moral suasion, legal injunction, or seizure and take by reprisal; if it was to do the latter, he would have no difficulty in deciding in his own mind, but his gentlemanly honor was at stake; so he concluded to address the following letter to the father and mother of Ambulinia, as his address in person he knew would only aggravate the old gentleman, and perhaps his lady.

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